A new project from Europe is underway after a $30 million contract was signed by U.K.-based firm Floating Concepts Ltd., specializing in sustainable developments. This is very exciting news for the global yachting community and water lovers alike. This project is proposed to start construction in 2012 and to be completed in three phases by 2015. The firm aims to build an eco-friendly luxury village, a pioneering concept considering luxury and sustainability aren’t often mutually associated. The location chosen is the former Canting basin at Pacific Quay, a convenient mile from Glasgow city center. The vision for the U-shaped floating community includes homes, shops, offices, restaurants, a marina and even a roof-top concert arena. Chief executive David Beard says, “The iconic nature of a floating village will turn Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic center for local people and businesses.”
The true innovation of this project comes from the firm’s forward thinking about sustainable living, and their goal to maximize the use of water. While the idea is heavily influenced by the existing houseboat communities in Holland and Scandinavia, Floating Concepts pushed it one step further by envisioning roadways to office buildings and studio flats with private moorings. This progressive sustainable design will also house a car-free base with recycling collected by a barge. The marina will offer about 80 berths for sale or lease, incorporating the ‘DualDocker’ berthing system making mooring lines obsolete. There are also plans for a public yacht club and other luxury leisure activity functions. This new project is anticipated to be an example of the new frontier in smart sustainable waterfront living, and is expected to make Glasgow Pacific Quay a desirable tourism destination.
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