Move Over Garden Bridge - London is Getting a Floating Park

By James O Malley on at

Who needs to span over water when you can sit atop it instead? That appears to be the rationale behind a floating park in the Paddington area of London that has just been given the green light by planners.

According to the Evening Standard the proposed park is 45m long and will be moored in the Paddington Basin, close to a new development of posh flats and offices, and also not too far from the Giz UK office.

It's the brainchild of Royal Horticultural Society Young Garden Designer of the Year Tony Woods, who reportedly - and not terribly reassuringly - said that the biggest challenge has been ensuring the structure is stable. Apparently once the soil has been added, it should be fine - and the park will be able to accommodate up to 150 people at a time.

It'll all be made from recycled materials treated to look like reclaimed wood, and will be split into three areas: The regular park area, a floating nature reserve (so don't be surprised if drowned squirrels start turning up in the canal) and - of course - an events space - because this was previously square footage in the capital that hadn't previously been monetised.

Developers also promise that like all of the best gardens, it will have free wifi, and is funded privately by property developer European Land - rather than (grumble, grumble) millions of pounds of public money like the stupid Garden Bridge. [Standard]