The Admiral Vic, Thames 'Lighter' Barge Houseboat Project

In 2020, I started converting to 1920s Thames Lighter Barge into the first ever wikihouseboat on a beautiful central London marina with fibre broadband ( The innovation of WikiHouse is an interesting contrast to the history of the 100 year old boat:

It's a great project, but my day job takes a lot of time and headspace, so I need some help finishing the job. Part of my motivation, is that I'd also like to learn how to build affordable eco homes, potentially with a view to training refugees and military veterans to build homes together in deprived and polarised communities. However, to mix my metaphors, I firstly just need to bring this project into land.

By day, I run a tech non-profit. We make it fun and easy for refugee parents and isolated older folks to learn English and make new friends, by cooking and eating together in schools. It's called Local Welcome. It's great. If you happen to have tech skills, then you're welcome to help in the charity alongside the boat project, but it's not a requirement.


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Todo estuvo muy bien, disfrutamos nuestra estadía y aprendimos. El lugar es como se muestra en la publicación, Ben es una persona muy amable y te respeta tu tiempo libre. Estarás viviendo en un barco así que las comodidades claramente no son como en una casa, pero es parte de la experiencia, yo la pasé bien y era lo que esperaba. Tienes tiempo libre para conocer Londres y el trabajo no me pareció muy difícil o algo que no pudieras aprender. Quizás por mejorar hacia un poco falta de planeación en el proyecto, pero en cuanto al voluntariado estuvo muy bien, gracias Ben.

hace 4 meses



Great experience so far! Ben is amazing he treats you like a friend and he’s always down for a good meal together. The neighbours are great too, you can always find someone to talk to and the accessibility to public transport is right on point. We’re DIY building here so expect a bit of physical work but you’ll always have lots of free time to use as you want :)

hace 5 meses



Trabalhar com o Ben no projeto do barco foi uma experiência muito confusa, pois ele o tempo todo mudava o projeto e mal deixava eu falar. No começo tentei dar minhas opiniões como profissional de arquitetura mas ele já tinha uma ideia de projeto em mente então decidi que iria adaptar as escolhas ao projeto. Já havíamos terminado de decidir o projeto, quando ele me avisa que eu deveria sair do barco com apenas 3 dias de antecedência e isso foi muito estressante pois estava contando com a acomodação até o final do mês.

hace 6 meses



Ben is nice and welcoming, and always appreciated my work, he's quite a busy man so you I spent most of my time alone or with other volunteers. At first it can be hard to make friends in such a big city, but the people at the marina are quite friendly

hace 6 meses



Was a amazing experience in the boat the place it’s beautiful the host was very kind and excellent person

hace 7 meses

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