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The Gallery | Plans for floating swimming pool in the Thames

Images of a floating swimming pool have been released by a group hoping to raise £125,000 through crowdfunding.

Called the Thames Baths, the idea is to build a floating platoon with two pools. The platoon will rise and fall with the tide and have its own water filter system. There will be a 25m lap pool and a training pool.

The force behind the project, Studio Octopi, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £125,000 to get the project started and proceed towards planning permission. The Kickstarter campaign has a 30 day lifespan and almost £28,000 has been raised so far. It finishes on May 22.

Architect Chris Romer-Lee from Studio Octopi said: “We had a storming start and got 20% of the target very quickly. That was a lovely feeling, the majority were Londoners backing a London project. Now fundraising has gone up a gear and we’re speaking to bigger potential pledgers.”

Studio Octopi has been working with marine engineers Beckett Rankine on the project.

The Studio is running the Thames Baths project as a social enterprise and eventually it is envisaged that a pool operator will take over the management of the project, if and when it is constructed.

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