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London Riverside Concept Proposals – design by Gensler, architects
21 Jan 2011
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GENSLER SCOOPS LONDON PLANNING AWARDS
International architecture, design and planning firm Gensler is delighted to announce that the London River Park concept, initiated by its London office, has picked up the awards for Best Conceptual Project and the overall Planning Excellence Award at the prestigious London Planning Awards, hosted by the Mayor of London.
Gensler’s vision to create and revitalise public space along the north shore of the River Thames, providing the first continuous river-walk between Blackfriars and the Tower of London, was extremely well received by the judges whilst the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson called it an “ingenious proposal”.
On receiving the award Chris Johnson, managing principal of Gensler’s London office, commented: “In heavily built cities the requirement for open space provision needs to be addressed seriously and why not creatively? As active players within the construction industry, it is our responsibility to show and drive the commitment to improve the quality of life in London.
“The London River Park will attract significant inward investment to the City and leave a lasting legacy of improvements to the river for future generations to enjoy.”
After its post-industrial decline, the Thames has witnessed a dramatic renaissance over the last 40 years, being repositioned as the most important artery running through London with increased public accessibility.
The London River Park seeks to activate the most under-utilised stretch of the river frontage in central London with a design that endeavours to maintain the dramatic pace of regeneration, stimulated by the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge.
The floating City annexe will revitalise one of the most important historic river frontages adjacent to the City of London and provide an exceptional vantage point to explore London whilst acting as a theatre for a programme of changeable events, gardens and educational features.
The London River Park will create a truly innovative and memorable experience for both residents and tourists, located at the heart of the United Kingdom’s vibrant and evolving capital.
London River Park images / information from Gensler
Gensler is a global architecture, design, planning, and strategic consulting firm, with more than 2400 professionals networked across 35 offices on five continents. Gensler’s London office has been in the city for nearly quarter of a century and is deeply rooted in the City’s corporate heritage.
Consistently ranked by U.S. European and international industry surveys as the leading architecture and interior design firm, Gensler leverages its deep resources and diverse expertise to develop design solutions for industries across the globe. Since 1965, Gensler has collaborated with clients to create environments that enhance organisational performance, achieve measurable business goals, enrich people and communities, and enhance everyday experiences.
Location:Watermans Walk, London, UK
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River Thames Buildings
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London River Park – BBC report page
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River Thames building : Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel
Temporary UK Parliament Concept on the River Thames
Design: Gensler, architects
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