London River Walk – Gensler Architects
If you have spent any time in London, you will be all too aware that the southern bank of the River Thames has a lovely walk, that runs for a great stretch. The north bank however is a major traffic thoroughfare, and as such lacks the character and atmosphere of Southbank. Gensler Architects have designed the London River Walk, which looks set to change the face of the River Thames.
Creating a dynamic public walkway on the river itself, the project is scheduled for completion in 2012. This new London attraction should improve visitor experience along a stretch of the river that is vastly under represented for tourism considering its close proximity to so many major points of interest.
“Gensler’s vision for London’s celebrations in 2012 is to create a new river park in the very heart of the City, connecting some of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. The urban, horizontal icon would provide the first continuous river walk along the northern shore of the River Thames, activating the under-utilised stretch of river frontage between Blackfriars and the Tower of London with a design that endeavours to maintain the dramatic pace of regeneration stimulated by the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge. Completion is marked for 2012 to coincide with significant London events, including the Queens Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympic Games and the Lord Mayor’s Pageant”