Greenwich councillors have approved plans to give Cutty Sark Gardens a makeover.
The designs from Dutch firm, OKRA, include 6,540 sq m of new stone covering, less steps to make it more pedestrian friendly, and an interactive “wet floor” feature designed to mirror the tide of the River Thames.
Five new green planting area will be established and there will be a clear route for cyclists.
The plans came in for sharp criticism from World Heritage Site Executive. They said the "soft landscaping" was at odds with their preferred "dockside" character and criticised the "flower beds" and "pond" for having no relationship with the river and its industrial setting.
The Planning Board gave their unanimous support to the new designs at a meeting on Thursday night at Woolwich Town Hall. The project is expected to be completed in time for London 2012 but a programme of archaeological work must take place on the site before the redevelopment can begin.
Darryl from 853 posted photos this week showing latest illustrations of how the restored Cutty Sark will look.