UK's first floating village set for London

London’s Royal Victoria Dock is all set to become the location of Britain’s first floating village.

Having previously unveiled plans for the ambitious project back in February 2013, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has now given developer Carillion Igloo Genesis the go-ahead to design the village.

Although it will only cover 15 acres, the floating village is expected to have a big impact on London’s waterways, bringing new jobs, homes and commercial space for bars and restaurants to the area, reports Other facilities proposed in the plans include an ice rink and a floating lido.

Carillion Igloo Genesis was selected for the project’s design after beating stiff competition from other developers. The project has been compared to similar schemes across Europe including Ijburg near Amsterdam and Hafen City in Hamburg.

Johnson told “This site has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways. Carillion Igloo Genesis’ scheme will create a unique mixed use development providing a range of commercial activities within a high quality water environment for Londoners and visitors, creating jobs and raising the profile of London’s Royal Docks.”

The scheme is not expected to gain planning permission before Spring 2015.