float your business idea at st. katsWinter 2016
For a destination steeped in history and perched adjacent to the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Katharine Docks is embracing the future, reflected especially in the type of business and retail tenant choosing this unique location.
The last four years have seen a raft of tech and creative businesses taking space at the Docks, drawn in by a rapidly developing retail/leisure scene, true community spirit and progressively refurbished offices with some of the most exceptional views in London.
Today’s tech organisations are looking for more rounded destinations that cater for employees’ every need – be that an inspiring setting that motivates people to get to work in the first place and a food market they can browse at lunchtime, or imaginative offices that offer the very best in agile and co-working environments, and a supporting social scene that allows staff to stay in the area and engage after hours. St. Katharine Docks has evolved over recent years to become the complete package. The kilter towards tech and creative industries at the Docks partly stems back to 2014, when integrated managed data services provider, Six Degrees Group, increased its occupation in Commodity Quay to 40,000 square feet. Fast forward two years and Smarkets – an online betting platform – have recently let substantial space in the same building, taking it to full capacity.
Now it’s the turn of the recently refurbished International House to attract tech-led tenants. Already in occupation are Aedas, Sectorlight, Media Bounty, Creativity Media and Rainmaking Loft. The companies benefit from unusual perks such as a shared floating hub for meetings, a dedicated events manager who ensures there’s a full programme of activities during the week
as well as at weekends and soon free-to-hire for tenants, Brompton bikes. The remaining available space at International House has a distinct warehouse-urban feel, in keeping with the Docks’ heritage, with exposed brickwork and floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize some of the best views in London. The stylish dual-aspect reception sets the perfect tone on arrival, and is joined at ground level by an in-house dockside café and a separate collaboration area. The tenants of the sixth floor office will also benefit from a wrap-around terrace – the perfect place to entertain clients or just soak in the amazing skyline views.
“St. Katharine Docks is such an idyllic oasis in a central London location,” comments Jane Campbell, the General Manager at Rainmaking Loft. “You’re right in the middle of the city but with air and space around you. Rainmaking Loft’s member base is predominantly early-stage tech start-ups. For the majority, their main clients are in the City, which makes our location at St. Katharine Docks excellent for commuting and engagement.” Jane also points out that the nature of the start-up businesses that use Rainmaking Loft’s co-working space means location and amenities in close proximity are crucial. “Time spent trekking for a good lunch or a coffee hit is time wasted to our start-ups, so you’ll often see teams working from their laptop at White Mulberries or having a lunch meeting in Tom’s Kitchen.” There are currently 24 bars and restaurants at St. Katharine Docks, as well as public realm that hosts big screen showings, food markets and fantastic public transport connections. New names, including Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, Benugo and Traders Wine Bar, have joined established favourites to create a crowd-pleasing blend of upscale chains and independent purveyors. Additionally, the compact nature of the Docks means a bustling atmosphere is always guaranteed, partly fuelled by the 80 companies that have already made St. Katharine Docks their home. The environment created at St. Katharine Docks is unique. While some locations offer urban grit and warehouse-style offices, they may lack in retail facilities or an attractive outlook. What’s more, St. Katharine Docks enjoys a fully integrated community that successfully knits together office, residential, leisure, tourism and retail elements.