Over the last year we have published the Blackfriars and Thames Baths from Studio Octopi and recently they announced a kickstarter funding campaign to raise £125,000 to create Thames Baths – a floating freshwater pool in the Thames River. The team hope to get the project up in two years with a new more workable and scalable design.
The design is a floating pontoon which rises and falls with the tide. The pools will be filled with River Thames water filtered through a bespoke filtration system making the water crystal clear. The designs incorporate two pools and a large publicly accessible decked area.
“Ever since we first sketched out the original concept for Thames Baths, we have always wanted to build something that benefited the community and allowed them to participate in its creation. The latter is one of the reasons why we are launching crowd-funding on Kickstarter. We want Londoners, swimmers and anyone passionate about urban waterways to show their support for this project and what better way than a very public campaign.” – Founder, Chris Romer-Lee
Londoners are invited to support the Thames Baths crowdfunding campaign to create a floating freshwater pool. In return for pledging money, a tiered membership scheme offers free swims in the opening year of the lido. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a swimming revolution in London, opening up access to London’s largest public space, the River Thames.
It seems fitting that the creation of a new public space along the River Thames should be run as a social enterprise rather than a company dictated by profit. A public space created for the people that use it, not those that own it. It seems fitting that the creation of a new public space along the River Thames should be run as a social enterprise rather than a company dictated by profit. A public space created for the people that use it, not those that own it. In March 2015 Thames Baths was incorporated as a CIC (Community Interest Company).
Thames Baths will return financial surplus into its objectives locally, nationally and eventually, internationally as we look to move from the River Thames to a global proposal. It will also have a mandatory ‘asset lock’, so that donors and investors can rest assured that their money will be legally tied to the enterprise’s original social goals. As a CIC this dynamic, creative enterprise will be able to channel its energies towards the strengthening of the community in which it exists not just now, but long into the future.
Founders and Architects – Studio Octopi
Product Manager – Matt Bamford-Bowes
Commercial Manager – Rob Saunders
Marine Engineers – Beckett Rankine
Landscape Architects – Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects
Cost Consultants – Jackson Coles
Graphic Designers – Build
Services Engineers – Max Fordham
Legal Advisors – Calvert Solicitors
Tracey Emin CBE (artist)
Patricia Brown (urbanist)
Caitlin Davies (author)
Jenny Landreth (author & journalist)
Amy Sharrocks (artist)
Royal Academy of Arts
The Architecture Foundation
The Outdoor Swimming Society
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
New London Architecture (NLA)
Jenny Jones AM, Baroness Jones of Moulescoomb
Image Credit | Studio Octopi