A crowdfunding campaign to build an open-air swimming pool on the river Thames in central London has passed its first target of raising £125,000. The Studio Octopi architects behind the Thames Baths project said the funds, raised from more than 1,200 public backers through Kickstarter, would go towards building a case to obtain planning permission.
Chris Romer-Lee, 42, one of the architects, said the Thames was the largest underused public space in the capital, and his team wanted to change that by creating a “beautiful, lush, floating pool” on the banks of the river. He said contributions had ranged from £1 to £500. Early backers who contributed £45 or more will be founding members of the project.
Initial plans feature two pools, including a 25m main pool. They will be filled with filtrated Thames water and heated in winter. Three possible locations have been identified, near Embankment, by the London Eye on the South Bank, and near City Hall. […]