Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) has announced that it has been appointed by the Blackstone Group to take over the management and operation of St Katharine Docks in central London (UK).

Blackstone Group acquired the marina in late 2014. A key part of the ongoing works programme is the restoration of the marina, and CNM were commissioned to conduct a detailed audit and put together a proposal for its refurbishment, leading to its full management and operation.

Commenting on the appointment, Guy Rudd, managing director of Blackstone Property Management, says: “We are delighted to be working with Camper & Nicholsons on the rejuvenation of St Katharine Docks. This partnership will further enhance the business and lifestyle offer at the Docks, so that we can continue to attract leading occupiers.”

The historic docks, located by Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, are due to undergo a careful refurbishment and restoration programme, which will see the marina re-launched later this year under the Camper & Nicholsons brand with 170 new berths with a maximum of 40m.

Dan Hughes, business development director at CNM, comments: “We have worked closely with Blackstone on a new vision for the Docks, to develop a genuinely international marina as part of a thriving waterside community in the centre of one of the world’s greatest cities. The plans include an improved marina layout and berth plan, better facilities both ashore and afloat, and an overall improvement to the marina experience.”

Blackstone Group acquired the marina in late 2014. A key part of the ongoing works programme is the restoration of the marina, and CNM were commissioned to conduct a detailed audit and put together a proposal for its refurbishment, leading to its full management and operation.

“The vision for the marina is for it to become a thriving hub of yachting and social activity for London – ‘the capital of the world’. As this 24-hour city adapts to the needs and demands of its ever-growing international business population, we see St Katharine Docks being at the heart of that,” says Sean Purdy, marketing director at CNM.

In addition to starting operation in the City of London, Camper & Nicholsons is also creating an entirely new marina in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Located on the eastern side of this most iconic of yachting harbours, the marina at Victoria Quay is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

With two operational marinas in England, this represents something of a homecoming for Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, nearly 15 years after they last managed a marina in the UK.