Pic: Studio Octopi

Plans have been unveiled for swimming pools – on the Tideway.

They have been drawn up architects Studio Octopi whose Thames Baths project imagines three swimming pools floating off the Victoria Embankment near Temple.

The project involves a lap pool, a plunge pool, and an octagonal paddling pool with the structure attached to the north bank of the Thames.

It follows the award of £40,000 by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for a feasibilty study for a London lido on the river.

Studio Octopi’s co-director Chris Romer-Lee said: “The Temple Baths could happen tomorrow and that’s quite exciting. It could even be built by next summer if we get the funding and the go-ahead.

“Swimming in them would feel like you were swimming in the Thames without any of the danger of doing so. We want to create a controlled environment where it is safe to wild swim.

“The space could also be used for cultural events if the pools were covered over and a temporary gazebo-like roof put up. It could really transform the area and regenerate it.”

The same company earlier revealed plans for river swimming pools near Blackfriars Bridge.

Plans for both developments will be shown as part of the Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities exhibition, which will run at the Roca London Gallery from September.

More on the Studio Octopi website HERE or via their twitter account: @ThamesBaths

Story dated August 14th 2014


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