Sunday, 20 February 2011
Enderby Wharf again.........STOP PRESS
The large site by the Thames at Greenwich has been in the ownership of Alcatel-Lucent for several years now. Although they will stay on the site carrying oout work on submarine cable equipment ( though no manufacturing these days) , they have sold the entire waterfront area together with the 1840's Enderby House ( the white building in the centre of the photo) to developers West Properties.
Today's Sunday Times carries a piece ( Business p2) advising that Greenwich council have now approved plans for the development which is primarily aimed at becoming London's major terminal for large cruise liners. The Times states " as well as the Terminal it will be a base for the Thames Clipper service, site for 770 homes and a 251 bedroom hotel.......pending a final nod from Boris Johnson, work will begin this year and hopefully be up and running for the Olympic Games next year"
Earlier reports mentioned shops , restaurants and a heritage centre perhaps based on Enderby House which is a listed building.
Watch this space !........... afterall it was by far the world's largest manufacturing site for submarine cables for more than 150 years. John Pender was chairman of Telcon there from 1864 to 1868 and later during his 24 years as Chairman of Eastern Telegraph Company he dealt almost exclusively with Telcon at Enderby Wharf for his supply (and laying) for his cables.