London is running out of land. And to solve this problem and unlike Singapore, London is not reclaiming land, but building “every scrap” of available property and looking at the usage of not just, land. As available living space are now scarce and quickly running out, demand has never been so high before.
In East London, these previous dockyards’ land and water area is now being transformed not to prepare for rising sea levels (Like what Netherlands) are doing, but to be turn into a “Floating Neighbourhood”.
Richard Blakeway, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, explained that the “Floating Village” will include 50 floating homes, a town square made of water and a floating neighbourhood that encompasses floating amenities like restaurants, offices, cafes, retail shops, and perhaps a floating swimming pool. Why don’t they just swim in the sea?
A floating walking platform is also connected to the land, where there are more developments with a larger number of new houses.
The area that is going to be redeveloped was earlier known as Royal Docks. It served cargos and passenger ships in the olden days and these three docks were the largest in world, at that time. Glory days over and it has been unused for the last few decades. One good reason why London wants to have a major overhaul.
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This project certainly reminds me of the Punggol Waterway estate, only difference is that Punggol Waterway is not a giant floating platform. But the structure and idea resonates around Venice. Who knows one day this part of England will be known as “The Venice of London”.
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