28.09.09 Plans for a £1.5 billion development in east London which was set to include Europe's largest aquarium were in tatters today after the owners of the site pulled the plug on the deal. The scheme for the land adjacent to London City Airport was meant to feature a sandy beach as well as 5,000 homes. But landowner London Development Agency has withdrawn from an agreement with its partners, the Silvertown Quays consortium, after the plans failed to progress in seven years. Planning permission was given for the 68-acre site in April 2007 but the scheme, designed by Sir Terry Farrell, fell victim to the property slump. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23749022-pound-15bn-aquarium-project-sinks.do What a shame. The UK MASSIVELY needs a world-class aquarium. All of ours currently, msotly owned by Sea Life are generic and boring, and the species are just ones we countlessly see over and over in tiny tanks...Very boring. Someone needs to create a world-class facility such as The Monterey Bay Aquarium and exhibit sharks etc native to the Atlantic. A pelagic shark exhibit like Mbays Outer Bay would be amazing! I even love the design of the Monterey Bay Aquariums in + exterior. The design for this aquarium was way too futuristic for my liking. Found this too from way back in 1992...Guessing this never happened either! Aquarium project 'not dependent on London Zoo' - UK, News - The Independent London Aquarium gets 750,000 visitors per year.....thats shocking for one of the worlds most touristy cities??!