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Thames River Park, London, United Kingdom 
Friday 13 May 2011
 
Backer for Thames River Park 
 
All images courtesy of Gensler 
 
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19/11/11 mark garnier, london
Hello,
Re the river park. Firstly I blaim the brief from transport for london. as an idea, yes its nice. but as for everything else - frankly rubbish. Gensler is not well known for its cultural insertions into famous cities, so how did they get
the job?
The overall project will not be well detailed, in a refined manner it will be crude, because the brief does not demand well refined world class detailing. TFL correctly assumes that most of the 'punters' who may use this thing will not appreciate the difference.

why has this project gone down the road of design and build? if that isnt proof that quality is not a priority then what is? Mace are the

contractor for some and have taken this job to design and build. a chase of the idea of 'value' you can value at neto. thanks tfl.

finaly and the most disgusting aspect of
this floating junk yard, is the steel work is being fabricated in china and shipped to the uk, because its the cheapest and fastest way to get this cacophany errected.!!

utter crap, thanks tfl, thanks mace, thanks gensler and thanks aedas.

this project is rubbish. it has no integrity,
no exemplar world class uk, british architect delivering it and no idea or regard for a thoroughbread british project, by british contractors and suppliers.

it could have been something to be proud of
but it wont. it will not have the credentials to do so.
it cannot be something that is a world class example of british design and delivery. i doubt the person who reads this will have any idea about these concepts.

I hope this thing stays only as a picture. it lacks integrity at any level and is, in fact, an insult. im sure it ticks the box for the jingo river park company and its board. nice one tfl, rubbish for the sake of it.
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Thames promenade plans to flow smoothly now financial backer found 


London Mayor Boris Johnson announced today that up to £60m funding had been pledged to build a spectacular kilometre long floating river walk along the north bank of the River Thames in time for summer 2012. The ‘London River Park’ design, by global architects and planners Gensler, won the Mayor’s Award for ‘Planning Excellence’ at the 2010 London Planning Awards arousing much interest amongst potential backers. Now asset managers Venus Group of Singapore has agreed to finance the project and detailed plans will now be submitted to the City of London Corporation and other relevant authorities for consideration.

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between the company and the London Mayor in a deal that will see 30% of net revenues raised through the commercial operation of the River Park shared with the Mayor for the public benefit. Subject to planning and other necessary approvals the ‘London River Park’ will provide a continuous 12m wide floating pontoon to run parallel to the existing disjointed pathways and streets that currently connect this important stretch of river frontage bordering the City of London between Blackfriars Bridge and just beyond The Customs House.

Along its route it is intended that eight themed pavilions will be constructed to showcase London and for hosting events beside the Thames. The developer is currently working with Gensler, major construction and consultancy firm Mace, and its other project partners on finalising the concept design to ensure that this unique tourist attraction will deliver a lasting legacy for London after the 2012 Games. The Mayor of London, 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."

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Status In planning
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Gensler
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