Plans have been shown off for a swimming pool, in a barge, floating in a Canary Wharf dock.

Although it looks like a conventional swimming pool in an unconventional location, the company behind it says that the water will be naturally filtered heated water and not chlorinated as you would get in a normal swimming pool.

They say that their intention is to “create a new spa culture in the UK doing away with luxury and pampering”.

From the planning application

It’s a different take on the concept, although not the first in London, as there was once a floating swimming pool in the Thames, and an abortive attempt to do the same again more recently.

If approved, then the converted dutch barge would be based in West India Quay near the DLR station, and in the same location formerly occupied by the SS Robin.

The Canal and River Trust which manages the docks says that it has approved for the barge to be moored in the location, subject to final terms being agreed.

The planning application reference is PA/20/00996/NC.


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  1. Adam says:

    Fantastic, would like to see more and more leisure use entering into the Isle of Dogs, it could also easily hold some more night time facilities and would help Londoners warm to it.

  2. Chris says:

    Perhaps you might want to adjust your copy regarding Thames Baths. ‘Abortive attempt’ does not reflect the current status of the proposals. We are pursuing numerous leads and one site in particular is looking very encouraging.
    With regards to the floating pool proposal in the Isle of Dogs this has been submitted by a client of Studio Octopi, our architects.

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