Waterway Forward

Waterway Forward is social enterprise designed to promote and regenerate the waterways and docks of London.

Inspired by the unique sense of community shown across the London boaters both moored and continuous cruisers, Waterway Forward aims to aid and act on ensuring that more people have the opportunity to enjoy and be a part of the growing community.

Waterway Forward is actively involved in projects that highlight the importance of the regeneration of the waterways. Waterway Forward recognises Britain’s waterways as cultural and historical assets that help build London and beyond.

Waterway Forward
In 2007 the Poplar Dock User Group united to explore the possibilities of developing a new marina in neighbouring East India Dock. The demand for permanent moorings continues to grow with little or none becoming available or planned. In response to a tender issued by Lea Valley Park Authority and...
Current status of East India Dock Basin Derelict since the 1960’s the East India Dock has fallen into disrepair. Decades of silt have deposited in the basin creating by default a unique salt marsh habitat for many species of mud and reed dwelling birds. Why regenerate? East India Dock Basin sits at...
A conceptual project to develop a floating classroom to be possibly located upon East India dock. The classroom is constructed from a recycled shipping container, a fitting tribute to a dock that was key in the industrial revolution that created the future demand for the containerisation of...
The London boaters represent a hidden community of diverse people who have embraced the challenge of living in a truly different way. By choosing to live as continuous cruisers on London waterways, the boaters are effecting living off grid creating their own electricity and heat throughout the year...
There is no better way of spending a sunny May Sunday morning than splashing around in the glorious mud of the Thames. Waterway Forwards supports the established conservation charity Thames 21 in their hard work of keeping the banks clean clear of rubbish.
While converting the BW work boat into a Floating Cinema, it was inevitable that we were going to attract some attention, and during the three months we were working at Bow Locks we came to realise how many bored youngsters there were, with nothing to do other than hang out at the locks and get up...
Waterway Forward has been created as a result of the of unique community found within the London boaters.
A free one day pilot festival promoting the best in water based and waterside attractions. Held on the last Sunday of the summer, Mile End of Summer will attract and engage the diverse users of Mile End Park and its surrounding communities, delivering the positive message of environmental awareness...
East India Dock is one of the last remaining undeveloped docks in East London and quite possibly one of the most significant in its rich history that has helped shaped London as a city, and as a home to communities from Bangladesh that now reside locally across the borough of Tower Hamlets....