A series of man-made islands like the Palm in Dubai could be created in the UK’s first Garden City in 100 years.
A huge lake in Ebbsfleet Garden City in North Kent could be turned into an oasis where people could grow fruit and vegetables, visit an adventure playground for all ages or take part in sporting activities.
The islands would be linked by walkways and one would be become an arts and culture island with open air productions.
Floating hotel pods and an innovation area for businesses would be included as well as the Garden City’s very own beach, while floating “eco islands” would bring wildlife to the site with insect hotels, bee hives and bat boxes.
The existing 12 hectare lake is currently inaccessible but could now be opened up and transformed.
The idea was the winning entry in an international landscape competition.
Called HALO, (Hives, Arcs, Links, Organics) the design would become one of the Garden City’s most prominent features.
Judges said HALO demonstrated exactly what they had hoped for – a design that was radical, but realisable. The panel was also excited by its possibilities, particularly because the design reflected the founder of the garden city movement, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the best of town and country life.
The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation which is overseeing the plans for up to 15,000 homes and a vibrant new city centre, will look at how the scheme can be incorporated to be a dominant feature along with six other new city parks across the site.
Kevin McGeough, Director of Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Towns project, said, “This exciting and inspiring design exceeded our expectations. We have been encouraged by the innovation and the wide variety of approaches in this scheme.”