Current owner Blackstone have now put St Katharine Docks back on the market. I haven’t had time yet to update the book to include this latest purchase, so hopes are dashed to have a reprint available for late summer.
Some investment has been made to restore historical aspects, though much work remains on the list. Hopefully a new owner will understand and appreciate the heritage of this small area, in the shadow of Tower Bridge, our next door neighbours are the Tower of London, the City of London and historic Wapping. An ancient Hospital, church and 4000 people lived and thrived here for seven hundred years until all was swept aside to make way for the Telford Docks, which traded world wide in luxury items, so we now have Ivory House, Marble Quay and The Telford Bridge, (to name just three of our current treasures).
Preserving heritage is not expensive comparatively and should easily coexist with modernisation and satisfying customer needs. These owners are making megabucks on their investment opportunities, so can easily afford the investment necessary to preserve and enhance our heritage. St Katharine’s is invaluable, care and attention needs to be paid to its heritage so that it can continue to thrive like its excellent neighbour, the Tower of London.