Designed by Tony Woods of The Garden Club, which is also delivering the build, the 730 sqm floating park in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal will provide a colourful public space on the water with its own canal boat mooring.
The project is part of the 4.45 hectare canal-side Merchant Square development. Woods was commissioned by developer European Land and Property to develop the pontoon dock park.
Chief executive Andrew Scrivener said: "Outdoor spaces are a key ingredient in any successful neighbourhood. At Merchant Square this incredible Floating Pocket Park – the first in London - will not only provide green space for our residents and unique outside workplace for our occupiers, but creates an oasis in the West End, offering Londoners a way to actively reconnect with the canal."
The Floating Pocket Park will feature open lawn areas, densely planted nectar-rich mixed raised borders and communal seating, as well as allowing people to walk over the water on a series of decked platforms and walkways. Woods has specified bespoke planting to encourage wildlife and the park includes a separate pontoon designed to attract ground-nesting birds.
Working to design the Floating Pocket Park has been a hugely exciting challenge, not only is this a truly one of a kind garden for London but a huge re-think of the way that we create public space in urban areas."
Deputy leader of planning authority Westminster City Council Robert Davis said the park would rejuvenate a forgotten section of the canal.
"The council welcomes this ingenious reinvention of the waterway which gives this part of the Grand Union a new purpose - attracting more businesses and visitors to the area."