First stage of London lido project could get going soon

Kickstarter campaign invites donations for Thames Baths

Small-scale investors are today invited to back a scheme to create a floating freshwater lido on the River Thames near Temple.

Organisers of the much-publicised Thames Baths project hope to raise £125,000 within a month on Kickstarter towards the £11 million scheme.

The project, designed in conjunction with landscape architect Jonathon Cook and marine engineer Beckett Rankine, would comprise a pontoon that rises and falls with the tide. This would accommodate two swimming pools filled with treated Thames water as well as sun decks and planted areas.

The ambitious scheme is the brainchild of three Londoners, including Chris Romer-Lee, an architect with Studio Octopi, who has set up a not-for-profit community interest company.

The funding campaign, which hopes to reach its £125,000 goal by 22 May, will be followed by moves to win investment from business and the government.

Chris Romer-Lee hopes to submit planning permission this year. He told the London Evening Standard: ‘Crowdfunding is the start of the journey and a chance for the public to become founding members of this swimming revolution in the heart of London.’

The project has received support from several celebrity backers including comedian David Walliams and artist Tracey Emin.

Kickstarter donors are being offered free swims at the lido in exchange for their support.

To learn more about the project and make a donation, see the Thames Bath website.

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