Dubai-style island resorts planned on the ThamesMay 12th, 2008 - 6:07 pm ICT by admin
London, May 12 (IANS) Gulf property developers are planning to build luxury island resorts in England - complete with yacht marinas, theatres, an opera house and housing - along the lines of the famed artificial palm islands of Dubai, a newspaper reported. The plan to reclaim two stretches of land in the Thames estuary between Kent and Essex and turn them into resorts was drawn up by Sir Terry Farrell, architect of the MI6 secret service headquarters in London and designer of a 9-billion pound master plan to develop the Thames Gateway - the area along the riverbank from east London to the North Sea.
The two islands would be connected by a six-mile bridge spanning the estuary, the Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper said unnamed Dubai construction firms are understood to have joined a consortium of potential investors, and are awaiting a response from British government ministers.
“This would be a first for Britain, but in Holland and Dubai they’ve been doing it for ages,” said Martin Nielsen, a director of Scott Wilson, the engineering consultancy which has taken up Farrell’s original idea.
The plans envisage creating large towns on both islands and a marina on the south of the main island. This would be the first point of call for yachts travelling from Europe to London.
The seafront would be lined with shops, cafes and apartments.
Architects believe the islands would also help to protect London from tidal surges, which could become a greater danger if sea levels rise.
The centrepiece of the development would be an arch formed by two 450-foot-high piers suspending the bridge, high enough for any ship to pass under, the newspaper reported.
- British architects to build world's first revolving hotel in Croatia - Oct 22, 2009
- US offers aircraft carrier for London Olympics' security - Oct 31, 2010
- Woman jailed for sinking husband's yatch - Oct 07, 2011
- Drought in London during Olympics? - Mar 13, 2012
- Berlusconi cracks a joke on `bunga bunga' - Mar 31, 2011
- Singapore swimming pool 38 storeys above ground - May 25, 2012
- Maharashtra takes step forward on Mumbai-Raigad sea bridge - Nov 24, 2011
- Tiger Woods hopes to woo his wife back with new boat 'Solitude' - Feb 13, 2010
- Farrell grateful for second chance in Hollywood - Jul 31, 2012
- China unveils world's longest sea bridge - Jan 01, 2011
- Cab drivers protest against use of Olympic lanes - Jul 24, 2012
- Once sewers, UK's rivers are now the cleanest in 150 years - Dec 31, 2010
- Dubai police seize over 56 kg hashish - Aug 04, 2012
- Indian to install 'Asia's first commercial-scale tidal power station' in Gujarat - Jan 19, 2011
- China builds replicas of British towns - Aug 09, 2012
Tags: british government ministers, construction firms, engineering consultancy, greater danger, island resorts, land in the thames, luxury island, martin nielsen, mile bridge, opera house, palm islands, property developers, scott wilson, service headquarters, terry farrell, terry farrell architect, thames estuary, thames gateway, tidal surges, yacht marinas