Renovation works at London's St Katharine Docks near completion
by Sophia Wilson
Refurbishment works designed to transform St Katharine Docks, in the centre of London, into a “thriving hub of yachting and social activity" are set to be completed early next year.
The site, located by Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, was acquired by the Blackstone Group in late 2014 and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas has been overseeing the works, which started this spring. The improvements have included the implementation of a new modern layout, new pontoons and new services to give the marina a "more premium, luxury look and feel". Once the works are completed the marina will offer 170 berths and be able to accommodate yachts up to 40 metres.
As well as the on-water developments, the Blackstone Group is hoping to attract new boutique shops, restaurants and bars with the aim of making St Katharine Docks one of the "capital’s most vibrant business, retail, and leisure destinations".
The redevelopment of the the historic docks has been complex with the marina remaining largely operational during the process.
"Operationally and aesthetically, the marina has seen dramatic improvements, with its new berth layout, more efficient use of the waterspace, safer and improved services, and all round cleaner lines," said Bill Green, technical and projects director at Camper & Nicholsons Marinas.
"We had a big job to do working around listed infrastructures, as well as overcoming the logistical problems of getting equipment in and out of a site that remained in the public domain."