Renovation of St Katharine Docks in London complete
by Elizabeth Finney
The refurbishment of St Katherine Docks in London has been completed and the marina can accommodate yachts up to 40 metres. For the next three years, it will be managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas on behalf of the Blackstone Group, which acquired the site in late 2014.
The initial works started in spring last year, and improvements include a new modern layout with 170 berths, new pontoons and new services that give the marina a "more premium, luxury look and feel".
Located by Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, the docks are a historical site and the restoration project was carried out ensuring no damage came to the quay walls or surrounding environment – the docks first opened in 1828 and became known for handling sugar, rums, spices, perfumes, wines and teas.
The redevelopment has also been particularly complex due to the marina remaining largely operational throughout the process.
As well as the on-water developments, new boutique shops, restaurants and bars will be opening with the aim of making St Katharine Docks one of the "capital’s most vibrant business, retail, and leisure destinations".
Paul Tetlow, general manager at St Katherine Docks, said: "[the marina] looked tired and, whilst it had been adequately maintained, it was in need of improvements to the mooring arrangements, pontoon services and shore-side facilities.
"The new layout is much more practical and generous for boats to navigate around, and it also looks far better too."