Hercule Poirot (real name David Suchet) has become the latest celebrity to voice support for a proposed redevelopment of Cody Dock – the derelict East London dock between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park.
The crowdfunding site, Spacehive, is behind the proposal and has so far raised £56,613. As well as Suchet, Stephen Fry, Andi Orshi and Billy Bragg are all reported to be backing the scheme.
According to Spacehive, this project is the “first phase of our vision to turn the dock into a vibrant hub for the arts and marina for London’s under-served boating community.”
The ultimate plan involves building a mix of affordable studio space beside the marina and nurturing a new home for East London’s creative community – which Spacehive says is becoming increasingly priced out of the market.
Plans for the 2.5 acre site involve a visitor centre, café and exhibition space.
Spacehive, which calls itself the world’s first crowdfunding site for public space projects, is calling for Londoners at large to volunteer and contribute to the scheme.
“With a growing volunteer force committed to the dock’s regeneration, this project will help Newham, London’s most transitory borough, become the kind of place where people want to put down roots,” says Spacehive on its website.