Following the Blackstone Group’s appointment of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas earlier this year to administer the re-design, refurbishment and management of St Katharine Docks in London, the new development is now taking shape.
The refurbishment of the marina, within the three separate dock basins is now 65 per cent complete. With the central basin having been completed in time to welcome the Clipper Race fleet in July, the west basin has now been partially handed over to St Katharine Docks Marina General Manager Paul Tetlow.
Works on the east basin started at the beginning of November and the marina is expected to be completely refurbished by the end of January 2017.
The modern marina layout designed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, the new pontoons, manufactured by Poralu, and services installed by Maricer, have come together to give the docks a luxury feel and the marina can now accommodate a wider range of boat sizes up to 40m.
By the end of February 2017, the whole marina will be fully operational and handed over to Camper & Nicholsons Marinas to manage on behalf of the Blackstone Group.
As London maintains its position as the financial capital of the world and the number one city for UHNWIs, Dan Hughes, business development director at Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, anticipates increased interest in berthing at St Katharine Docks for superyachts up to 40m.
“With the redesigned and renewed marina, increasingly improved landside offering in terms of shopping, F&B and commercial, and its unrivaled position as central London’s only marina, St Katharine Docks will undoubtedly appeal to superyacht captains, owners and guests coming to the city,” he says.
“The wide range of restaurants, bars, markets and events provide yacht owners with an abundance of things to do all-year-round, while creating a unique buzz within the marina making it a destination in its own right. Owners, captains and guests can be assured of a warm, professional and friendly welcome at St Katharine Docks by General Manager Paul Tetlow and his capable team.”
With motoryacht A making the headlines this summer pictured on the Thames, London is certainly more on the maps as ever before as a possible superyacht destination. It will be interesting to see how many other superyachts follow suit next year and take advantage of the new and improved infrastructure that the city has to offer.