London’s Royal Docks ‘floating village’ to be designed and build by Carillion Igloo Genesis

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Plans to build Britain’s first ‘floating village’ at London’s Royal Docks moved a step closer today after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, revealed that Carillion Igloo Genesis had won the competition to design and build it.

Following a competition, Carillion Igloo Genesis has been selected to transform the 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, sitting directly to the east of the Emirates Airline, transforming it into a thriving community with floating homes, restaurants, cafes and bars.

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The winning consortium’s scheme includes a custom build approach for each of the 50 residential homes, enabling prospective occupiers to be part fo the design-process of their homes, and a blue water square, framed by a market square and a floating corniche. There will also be a large multi-purpose events space and a mix of non-residential uses including 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.
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The scheme takes inspiration from the tried and tested floating homes at Ijberg and have been assisted by Dutch floating structures experts Mark van Ommen of Floatbase and Ton van Namen of Monteflore who have already delivered exemplar schemes of over 300 floating structures.
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Carillion Igloo Genesis’ submission is 100% floating with the 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.
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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.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Newham Council in Spring 2015.