Greenwich Pier is on the South bank of the River Thames in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. It is operated by London River Services and called at by various river cruise operators. Our client Thames Clippers, uses the floating pontoon for its regular timetable of river boat services, which has become increasingly popular, and is embedded as an integral part of London’s transport network.
Greenwich is a popular tourist destination in London and is now a World Heritage Site. The pier is immediately adjacent to the 1869-built clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College and the Greenwich Hospital, and an approximately 500 metre walk from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and 200 metres from central Greenwich, with its covered market and shops. Due to its proximity to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Pier lies just to the west of the Prime Meridian. A number of new Pier head buildings have been constructed in recent years to cope with the increased number of river passengers which are using the site and local attractions.
The project looked at how the replacement of the canting brow and floating pontoon, could be developed as an additional attraction which not only provided the much needed improvements to the boat docking facilities, but also looked at the inclusion of a Broad Walk which linked a number of additional activities.
A floating Lido with retractable roof and changing facilities, and a series of floating gardens and vantage points were laced together by the Broad Walk. The structures were positioned on the south side of the river navigation channel, which sweeps around the Isle of Dogs, and carefully avoids the historic Greenwich Foot Tunnel.