Kiwi architect to change London's skyline
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 6:28p.m.
By Melissa Davies
A Christchurch architect has won the approval of London’s mayor for a radically ambitious plan to change the British city's skyline.
Sam Martin wants to build what he describes as a cycle lane in the sky.
He’ll utilise old railway embankments, and for good measure he's also got plans for the building immortalised on a Pink Floyd record sleeve.
The disused power station in Battersea, West London has been somewhat of an eyesore for more than 25 years, but now Mr Martin is set to make it a sight for sore eyes.
The previous buyers of the Battersea power station went bust but now a Malaysian consortium is backing a $16 billion apartment, shopping and park complex, so the plan is all on again.
Not only is Mr Martin developing London’s landscape, but in an ambitious plan called Sky Cycle he has proposed a user-pays cycle lane using disused railway lines.
It started as an idea discussed with a workmates in the pub two years ago, but now London Mayor Boris Johnson is interested.
With two major projects on the go Mr Martin has his hands full already, but his heart lies with a project closer to home.
So after eight years in London he's packing up to help with the Christchurch rebuild, while in the meantime the Kiwi's stamp on London comes to fruition.
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7/09/2012 10:16:38 p.m.
Luiz Fiori wrote:
Wonderfull...I like so much!
7/09/2012 8:46:11 a.m.
What a fantastic idea.
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