London’s River Thames May Become A Giant Urban Swimming Pool

London’s River Thames May Become A Giant Urban Swimming Pool

London redevelopment plans include public swimming pools and improvements in water purity.

Serena Chu
  • 15 january 2014

Selected as one of five teams to contribute ideas for the London As It Could Be Now project, the London-based firm Studio Octopi has proposed a concept to reintroduce swimming in the River Thames, similar to what +POOL is attempting to do in NYC.


The River Thames project will give Londoners a chance to enjoy panoramic views of the city centre while relaxing away in the tidal waters. Improvements of this city-wide upgrade will include a new tunnel, called the Super Sewer, which will remove 96 percent of the sewage currently polluting the river.

Set to be a part of the city’s ancient sewage system renovations, this proposal is looking to build pools at two of the Super Sewer construction sites, Shadwell and Blackfriars Bridge.

While the swimming pools do not rely on the Super Sewer, they do, however, depend on the government’s goals to increase water purity in The Thames.


In partnership with engineering specialist Civic Engineers, Studio Octopi designed the pools to be supported by a concrete slab and positioned to the height of the high water mark on a series of steel columns. The goal is to replenish the pools with fresh river water at high tides.

Concrete waffle slabs will be anchored at a distance to protect swimmers from tidal currents. A ring of perennials and ferns will circle the edge of the pools to enhance the overall aesthetics, offering privacy and comfort.

Thames Water

Source, Images: Dezeen


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