Shad Thames Tales – Saturday 17 June 2017
On a beautiful summer Saturday morning over 50 visitors joined us for Shad Thames Tales, part of London Festival of Architecture. We were treated once again to generous hospitality from Cantina del Ponte, Butlers Wharf while we had an introduction to Shad Thames. We then heard from three fascinating speakers: Dirk Bennett from Tower Bridge, who spoke about the new exhibition in the Engine Room and the Walk of Fame; Ben Nithsdale from Thames Water who spoke about the Shad Thames Pumping Station; and Chris Livett, Waterman to Queen Elizabeth and with family connections to the river stretching back for over 300 years, who spoke about the different businesses he operates on the river including filming, civil engineering and the cruise boats moored at Butlers Wharf.
We then took a short walk around the area before dropping in at Anise Gallery, who have regularly hosted STAMP events. There we had a chance to see their current exhibition and hear from two people who had been active in the artistic community at Butlers Wharf after the Docks closed in 1972 and before the area was regenerated. Michael Davies (architect and community activist) and Annabel Stockman (filmmaker and artist) both shared amazing stories of their time in the area some 40 years ago.
Without doubt a good time was had by all! Thanks to everyone who participated, to everyone who came along and to the weather for being so glorious.
Stakeholder Group Meeting (AGM) –Thursday 1 June 2017
Our third Stakeholder Group Annual General Meeting was once again hosted by Conran & Partners in their beautiful offices on Shad Thames. We were joined by a range of local residents and local businesses, as well as Hamish McCallum, one of our three elected Riverside councillors; Alistair Huggett, Planning Project Manager from Southwark Council; and Jack Skillen, Placeshaping Director at Team London Bridge.
Alistair Huggett reported that the unique STAMP partnership between the Council and local stakeholders was proving invaluable for the Council when working in Shad Thames. Alistair also gave updates on specific developments currently underway, including the New Southwark Plan (on which STAMP has commented); St Saviour’s Dock Bridge (feasibility study in progress); Shad Thames Streets Project (details being worked on before a draft plan goes to public consultation); and review of the STAMP Management Plan in the next year or so.
Since this was our AGM, Janet Morris as chair produced an Annual Review outlining the many activities that had taken place over the last 12 months. STAMP officers were appointed for the coming year and brief updates were given on current on-going projects including the Shad Thames Delivery and Servicing Study (supported by TfL and Southwark Council); Butler’s Wharf Jetty working group; Magistrates Court hotel development (to be called The Dixon); Shad Thames Pumping Station; Courage Yard refurbishment; and the ex-Design Museum site. We also heard about the latest Team London Bridge initiatives and two Shad Thames greening projects on which we are now moving forward – the green wall on Lafone Street and the zig-zag bench on Butlers Wharf jetty. Jon Byers also reported on a new business initiative: Shad Thames Marketplace, a newsletter which would be circulated to all Stakeholders.
Our Stakeholder Group continues to grow and we are grateful for the valuable contributions from local residents and businesses on a range of issues. As a result of everyone’s efforts and our constructive partnership with the Council, we are beginning to make a real difference in the area.