NLA’s capital waterside spectacular

Waterfront London, a new exhibition on the design of future building projects including those along the River Thames, opens this week at New London Architecture, London WC1.

Designed by Manha, the showcase has been created in conjunction with British Waterways to highlight recent attempts to regenerate miles of waterside in Greater London, including its canal network, its tributaries, and London’s open water spaces such as docks, reservoirs and lakes.

These include The Blue Ribbon Network Strategy launched by London Mayor Ken Livingstone in 2004 to encourage greater access to the capital’s rivers and canals, and to provide a framework for developers looking to build along London’s waterways.

Manha’s design will feature key waterside developments, among them the Olympic Park, which is part of the Lower Lea Valley masterplan.

Others include Chelsea’s Riverside Centre by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, and Baca Architects’ forthcoming extreme sports centre, Venture Xtreme, that is likely to be sited adjacent to Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham.

New London Architecture is to host a series of breakfast debates over the next two months, emphasising why waterside regeneration has become increasingly popular in the capital.

The show runs from 10 January to 23 February at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1.

For details, visit www. newlondonarchitecture.org.

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