In 2013 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, unveiled ambitious plans to transform part of the London Royal Docks and create the UK’s first “floating village”.
Monteflore, Floatbase and Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists– all based in the Netherlands – teamed up with Igloo Regeneration – a British real estate developer – and dRMM Architects (London) to develop and design a masterplan for the west part of the Royal Victoria dock.
The masterplan comprises approximately 200 floating units (floating homes, redeveloped ships, leisure facilities) arranged around floating jetties. The “Waterbuurt West” project in Amsterdam, designed by Marlies Rohmer and co-developed by Monteflore, inspired the client and the team. In April 2014 the team presented the masterplan to the London authorities. In the summer of 2014 the Mayor of London announced that the masterplan of Igloo, Monteflore and the rest of the team had won the competition. In the second half of 2014 the team started to work out the scheme together with the local authorities. In May 2016 Sadiq Khan became Mayor of London and by end of 2016 the Royal Docks Management Authority announced that the scheme was put on hold.
Royal Docks Management Port Authority
London, United Kingdom
co-developer, general consultant
Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists , Amsterdam
drMMM Architects, London
floating village with approx. 200 floating homes, leisure, offices
gross sq. m.
12,000 sq. m.
competition was won in 2014 development on hold since November 2016
Royal Victoria Dock London, United Kingdom