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The first floating lido in the River Thames since 1875.
Thames Baths CIC (www.thamesbaths.com) is a social enterprise founded by Studio Octopi for re-introducing swimming in the River Thames. The proposals re-establish an intimate and playful link between Londoners and this historic lifeblood of the city.
The proposals are focused on the central London stretch of the river but could occur anywhere along the River Thames. Imagine swimming in a floating pool, surrounded by reeds that frame tantalising views of the city around you.
Thames Baths will filter water taken from the River Thames to meet the German FLL swimming water standards for natural pools. The water will be then be heated to ensure use for 12 months of the year by everyone, young and old.
The project has been covered extensively in the global press with over 20 public speaking events undertaken. It featured in a major exhibition on urban swimming in 2014 (London) and 2016 (Barcelona). In 2015 the project featured on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and raised £142,000 in 30 days. The campaign established 1200+ Founding Members who now form the core to the community supporting Thames Baths CIC (Community Interest Company). Also in 2015 Chris was invited to do a KPMG TEDx talk in London.
After a period of considerable commercial and national interest, in 2017 we were invited into the UK Houses of Parliament to present Thames Baths to a select group of MPs and Peers. An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) called ‘Thames Baths & Outdoor Swimming’ will be established in autumn 2017 chaired by Owen Smith MP.