CGI of Alligator Park gasholders for Old Kent Road

Alligator Park idea for London ‘slammed’ as exploitative

“The busy and noisy environment of a property on the Old Kent Road is no place for a wild animal,” said an animal rights charity

A developer wants to build London’s first alligator park on the Old Kent Road.

But Avanton admits it has not met with Southwark Council to discuss whether its bold idea could ever be allowed – and an animal rights charity has slammed the proposal as alligator “exploitation.”

The idea is for a Victorian gasholder to be transformed, to house alligators in water features going 20m deep.

Alligator. Photo by Sebastien on Unsplash

The frame of the gasholder would be shielded in special glass conservatory to create a ‘Florida-like’ environment for the animals.

The alligator park would then be a tourist attraction at the centre of the £230m mixed-use development including housing and offices.

It’s one of three ideas for the gasholder, said Marc Pennick, the developer’s co-founding director.

“The Alligator Park and Farm would be the first in London, and is one of a series of exciting leisure concepts Avanton is reviewing for the vast Grade II listed gasholder on the Gasworks site on Old Kent Road,” he said.

“We want to turn the gasholder into something really special for London, so alongside the Alligator Park we are also looking at the option of turning it into a large lido and leisure deck complex, and are also thinking about an artistic garden with water features…

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