UK. Refurbished marina at St Katharine Docks London is ready & branded ‘a Camper & Nicholsons Marina’

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Camper and Nicholsons Marinas [CNM] will be managing and operating the Marina on behalf of Blackstone from February 2017 under a 3 year contract.

Now, the marina can accommodate superyachts up to 40m, has been brought up to modern standards and as you walk around the docks, has a visibly high-end look and feel, largely due to the new marina layout, new pontoons, lighting and utilities. Coupled with its location, vast range of restaurants and the high standards of customer service delivered by General Manager Paul Tetlow and his team, St Katharine Docks is now arguably the most modern marina in the UK.

It has been quite a journey to get here however. Since Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) won the redesign and refurbishment contract with Blackstone back in April 2015 a huge amount of work has gone into delivering the project on time and on budget.

Guy Rudd, Managing Director of Blackstone Property Management, commented:
“We have been hugely impressed with the way Camper & Nicholsons Marinas have delivered this project both on time and in budget, and within tight controls.”
He went on to say:

“We have made a significant investment in the St Katharine Docks estate and it is paying dividends in the number of new tenants we have at International House and the surrounding buildings. The marina provides the estate with a USP which attracts tenants who want an inspiring and unconventional setting for their business in Central London.”
The successful collaboration between CNM, Blackstone and the various contractors involved including Poralu Marine, Maricer, and Beadmans ensured this complex project went as smoothly as possible.The docks themselves are both ancient and historic, therefore protected - which added extra layers of complexity to the project. The restoration works were carefully undertaken to ensure no damage was done to the quay walls of the 3 marina basins within the dock.

Considerable care was taken not to disrupt the flora and fauna around the docks – including fish, ducks and other birds. Fish spawning brushes were installed as part of the works to encourage more fish species within the marina.
The entire works programme was completed in a ‘live’ marina, with yachts arriving and departing, with minimal disruption to berth holders and commercial tenants and land-side residents.
Paul Tetlow, General Manager at St Katharine Docks said: “Imagine a family trying to renovate their whole house, while still living in it! Everyone needs to be involved and kept well informed as each room needs to be emptied and reoccupied to support the ongoing works.”

Ahead of the next phase of the marina’s journey, we spoke to the key players in delivering this project and look to the future of St Katharine Docks.

Life at St Katharine Docks
Iconic St Katharine Docks is Central London’s only marina and has evolved into a thriving waterside community featuring modern and unusual office space, luxury homes and quayside dining and shopping.  A stone’s throw from the Tower of London, the site has a fascinating history. 

Opening in 1828, the Thomas Telford-designed dock was once one of the busiest ports in the UK, renowned for handling luxury goods, sugar, rum, spices, perfumes, wines and tea.

Today, St Katharine Docks is home to a range of leading companies and brands including tech incubator Rainmaking Loft, Tom’s Kitchen, CAU, Musto, Bravas Tapas and artisan coffee shop White Mulberries. Every Friday, the Docks hosts the popular World Food Market, serving some of the capital’s best street food.

Blackstone continue with ‘place-making’ on the landside
It has been a busy 12 months on the leasing side of things at the docks. International House has undergone a stunning transformation and delivers exceptional creative, warehouse-style office space in addition to a stunning new reception complete with collaboration zone and Benugo deli. The work forms part of Blackstone’s wider vision to position St Katharine Docks as a vibrant mixed use waterside campus. Further public realm improvements are being delivered by Blackstone early in 2017.

Refurbished marina at St Katharine Docks London is ready & branded ‘a Camper & Nicholsons Marina’

Camper and Nicholsons Marinas [CNM] will be managing and operating the Marina on behalf of Blackstone from February 2017 under a 3 year contract.
Now, the marina can accommodate superyachts up to 40m, has been brought up to modern standards and as you walk around the docks, has a visibly high-end look and feel, largely due to the new marina layout, new pontoons, lighting and utilities. Coupled with its location, vast range of restaurants and the high standards of customer service delivered by General Manager Paul Tetlow and his team, St Katharine Docks is now arguably the most modern marina in the UK.

It has been quite a journey to get here however. Since Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) won the redesign and refurbishment contract with Blackstone back in April 2015 a huge amount of work has gone into delivering the project on time and on budget.

Guy Rudd, Managing Director of Blackstone Property Management, commented:

 “We have been hugely impressed with the way Camper & Nicholsons Marinas have delivered this project both on time and in budget, and within tight controls.”

He went on to say: “We have made a significant investment in the St Katharine Docks estate and it is paying dividends in the number of new tenants we have at International House and the surrounding buildings. The marina provides the estate with a USP which attracts tenants who want an inspiring and unconventional setting for their business in Central London.” The successful collaboration between CNM, Blackstone and the various contractors involved including Poralu Marine, Maricer, and Beadmans ensured this complex project went as smoothly as possible

The docks themselves are both ancient and historic, therefore protected - which added extra layers of complexity to the project. The restoration works were carefully undertaken to ensure no damage was done to the quay walls of the 3 marina basins within the dock.
 
Considerable care was taken not to disrupt the flora and fauna around the docks – including fish, ducks and other birds. Fish spawning brushes were installed as part of the works to encourage more fish species within the marina.
 
The entire works programme was completed in a ‘live’ marina, with yachts arriving and departing, with minimal disruption to berth holders and commercial tenants and land-side residents.
 
Paul Tetlow, General Manager at St Katharine Docks said:
 
“Imagine a family trying to renovate their whole house, while still living in it! Everyone needs to be involved and kept well informed as each room needs to be emptied and reoccupied to support the ongoing works.

Ahead of the next phase of the marina’s journey, we spoke to the key players in delivering this project and look to the future of St Katharine Docks. Interview transcripts are available on request. Please email: charlotte.broadribb@cnmarinas.com