Planning submitted for kilometre long floating river walk

London Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged £60m in funding to build a kilometre long floating river walk along the north bank of the River Thames.

Subject to planning approval the “London River Park” will provide a continuous 12m wide floating pontoon on a stretch of river running between Blackfriars Bridge and the Customs House.

Eight themed pavilions will be constructed along the route which will be used to host events beside the Thames. Works on the River Park will be completed in summer 2012 with the park scheduled to open before the Olympic Games.

The initial park design by Gensler arechitects won the Mayor’s award for planning excellence at the 2010 London Planning Awards. After arousing much interest among potential backers, Singapore’s Venus Group agreed to finance the project.

The group has agreed to share 30% of net revenues from the commercial operation of the River Park with the Mayor for public benefit.  

Mace is understood to be involved with the construction of the park.

Commenting on the eye-catching development Boris Johnson said: “The sheer beauty and design brilliance of this structure will provide yet another amazing and unique attraction for the capital.

“We will proceed sensitively working closely with our partners, particularly in the City, to ensure that one of the most famous and cherished waterfronts in the world is enhanced for the benefit of our great capital.”