A Carillion team has won the competition to design and build Britain’s first ‘floating village’ at London’s Royal Docks.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who unveiled the plans in February 2013, announced that the consortium of Carillion, developer Igloo, and Genesis Housing Association had been selected for the 6.5ha scheme.
The architects for the floating village are dRMM and the engineers are Buro Happold.
The winning submission is 100% floating, with walkways, residential and non-residential units anchored in place using a series of piles located within the dock and connected to the dock by bridges.
The floating water-homes will use the same concrete foundations that are already in use at the Ijburg development in Holland. The construction of the homes including the bases will be carried out off-site and then transported by water to site.
The village will include: 50 residential homes, a market square, floating corniche, multi-purpose events space, plus restaurants, cafes, shops and leisure and office space. Plans for additional facilities, such as a floating lido and an ice rink, were also proposed as part of the bid.
The scheme is based on the floating homes at Ijberg in Holland, and Carillion’s team were assisted by Dutch designers when creating their bid.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Newham Council in Spring 2015.
Mike Luddy, managing director of the Royal Docks Management Authority said: “We are delighted that Carillion Igloo Genesis has been selected as the development partner for the floating village. We created the concept for London’s floating village some time ago, having seen similar developments elsewhere in the world - particularly in Holland.
“It’s great that Carillion Igloo Genesis have joined forces with some of the people behind the Ijburg development in Amsterdam to create some really imaginative, innovate designs that will help establish London’s Royal Docks as a unique and exciting place in London.”