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Posted 25 January 2011 11:32 by martin

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The London River Park; a mile-long floating walkway along the North back of the Thames, has won the Mayor's award for Planning Excellence at the 2010 London Planning Awards.

The concept comes from global architects and planners Gensler, who have designed the river walk as part of the London 2012 celebrations. The idea is to provide a continuous floating pontoon along the river between Blackfriars Bridge and the Tower of London, running parallel to the existing pathways, with the aim of triggering this under-utilised stretch of the river front.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The brilliance of this design, apart from its sheer beauty, is that it will act as a fantastic catalyst for rejuvenating the Thames as a major transport artery. It also respects the northern shoreline allowing users to hop on and off to explore its iconic landmarks and wander through the meandering backstreets of the historic City of London. I am in no doubt that this could become one of the capital’s most popular attractions for years to come and urge investors to grab the opportunity to turn this vision into a reality.

The annual London Planning Awards were created to recognise planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business and visit. The awards are run by the Mayor, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils.

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