A huge miniature of Central London

In the summer of 2016, a new landmark will be open to the public: Little London, a £25 million scale model, featuring the sights from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye.

Created at a 1:150 scale (meaning each 1cm represents 150cm) by a team of Hollywood effects specialists, it will be a theme park with a moving, interactive model.

Aerial design of the model / Credit: “Little London, the greatest model city on Earth”

Aerial design of the model / Credit: “Little London, the greatest model city on Earth”

There will be moving buses, taxis, trains and boats, a watery Thames, working lights and characters illustrating stories of London’s past and present. The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe with 310m, will be represented by a 2,4m tall model.

Immersive zones will focus on aspects of London life: Royal London, Sporting London and Underground London, among others. Each zone will feature interactive scale models of iconic buildings, with games and simulators for all age groups.

According to the private investors, people will experience a combination of magical entertainment with education and discovery. They believe it will attract 1.4m visitors each year.

Founders Matt Crofton and Tim Allnutt are in advanced-stage fundraising for the total cost, and they expect to deliver investor returns within five years of the attraction opening. Whoever is interested in investing should contact them.

The model will occupy 2,300 square metres, or the entire ground floor at One Tower Bridge, a fancy mixed-use development comprising nine blocks in the south bank of Thames, expected to be completed in 2016.

Its location is especially ideal to call tourists – just off Tower Bridge, one of the most famous icons of London.

 

The Garden Bridge

Official poster invites Londoners to have a say on the project / Photo: tfl.gov.uk

Local government is calling Londoners to give their opinion about a bold project: they want to make a(nother) bridge over the Thames, or rather, a footbridge in the middle of a garden.

The project is called “Garden Bridge” and is headed by The Garden Bridge Trust, a charity created just to promote it and raise funds for its building.

The source of the money was the first questioning of the population. It is hard to invest in something extra when there are problems in health and education, among others. However, the government ensures that the £ 60 million required will come from private investors – or there will be no Garden Bridge.

Bridge Perspective / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com

Undoubtedly, it is a structure to make the scenery even more beautiful, a new landmark of the city sought and packed with tourists. Project drawings leave no doubt.

But necessity indeed may not exist.The very well known Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century because poor London Bridge could not stand the traffic of carriages and people in the central region anymore. Traffic jams were constant. Queen Victoria opened a contest to choose the best design and in eight years it was done.

Today, it is possible to cross the Thames in Greater London in 34 bridges. Londoners have until December 20 to give their views on the implementation of this one, which would be the 35th, built between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

The project was developed by agencies Heatherwick Studio, Dan Pearson Studio and Arup, which won a contest taken by Transport for London (TfL) in June. Heatherwick was also the winner of a competition to choose a new design for the buses in 2010. “Boris buses” can now be used in four routes since replacement is gradual.

The latest bridge opened in London was the Millennium Bridge in 2000, also for pedestrians. It was then closed for security reasons and reopened in 2002.

View at dusk / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com

Access to the bridge from Arundel Street / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com