Help to make the disused fort become Berghain-on-sea for UK clubbers. Scottish promoters Minival want to make it happen – you can chip in too
Cast a glance a long way down the River Thames, or squint through your binoculars far enough and you'll see an abandoned fort in the middle of the river that's on the housing market for the princely sum of £500,000. Estate agents are marketing No.1, The Thames at an eccentric City worker who fancies jollying into work on a speedboat. Let's face it, it's the city - there's bound to be no shortage of those types of characters.
But what if that didn't happen and instead it turned into the greatest party venue in the world? Scotland and London-based club promoters Minival have launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn the disused fort into a "Berghain-at-sea" – an absolutely brilliant idea.
Built in the 1860s, the fort sits in the middle of the Thames Estuary and is currently owned by a builder from who bought it ten years ago from the Crown Estate after negotiating a reasonable price, although he told the BBC that "it just didn't work out as a home". Safe to say he missed a trick not turning it into a club.
Minival say on their campaign page: "£500,000 will buy us this fort, another £250,000 will go into making it a safe venue and ready to use for our desired purpose. Imagine a place you could go to, to get away from it all. With the worlds best DJ's and music running continuously. A place where you are allowed the true freedom to express yourself among friends. Lets do this. 150,000 people donating £5 each would deliver us this fort from the party gods. Every single donator would be a fort member for life."
Potential clubbers should be warned that queues would likely be huge as there's only one way into the fort - up a ladder. Still, there's no doubt that it'd be a fine place to watch the sun come up at 6am surrounded by music and people you like.
Got a spare fiver and know 149,999 who might have one too? Head here to contribute.