Client still committed to the Mace and Gensler scheme but will make amendments following negative reception

Plans for a controversial £60m floating river park on the Thames, backed by London mayor Boris Johnson, will be scaled back following opposition from residents.

The London River Park Company has written to stakeholders to inform them the plans for a 1km long pontoon have been withdrawn and construction will not now start on the park until after the Olympic games.

The plans had been designed by architect Gensler and consultant Mace was also advising on the project.

A letter seen by Building’s sister title Property Week said: “We are fully committed to delivering this exciting world first attraction for London, and will come forward with new proposals in the early part of 2012.

“These new proposals will be consulted on fully and widely, and I look forward to discussing them with you in due course.”

The pontoon has already faced vocal criticism from Design Council Cabe and Graham Morrison of architect Allies & Morrison who was among 200 people who wrote to planning authority the City of London to object to the plans.