Plans For A Swimming Pool In The Thames
Thursday 14th August 2014
Proposals have been revealed for a freshwater swimming pool to be built on the River Thames.
The drawings, from architects Studio Octopi, show the water-in-water ‘Thames Baths’ connected to the North Bank near Temple Station.
They estimate it would cost around £5.5m to build with construction taking around 6 months. They say if the scheme got the go-ahead and funding soon it could be built by next summer.
The scheme would comprise of three pools, including; a 25x8 metre swimming pool, a 5x5 metre paddling pool and a 12x8 metre plunge pool, which will all be filled with freshwater, not river water.
There are various proposals to improve the North Bank, and there seems to be some early support from City Hall for this particular scheme, after Boris Johnson allocated £40,000 in February for a feasibility study into a River Thames lido.
The Thames Baths proposal can be seen in full at Urban Plunge, a survey show at the Roca London Gallery from 11th September.