Moved to SE1 relatively recently. Was a supporter of the "Save the Moorings" campaign; however have now seen "the Harpy " has moved in with a new gangplank. This is pretty big, unloved & derilect in contrast to the other boats - wondered if anyone knew what was going on?? Is it staying? I see from previous discussions that it was around in 2003.
The Harpy first appeared on the scene when it was bought by Andrew Wadsworth to use as a home and an office whilst he was restoring New Concordia Wharf about thirty years ago. He was the first person to start concerting wahehouses into residential devlopment on this side of the river and we owe a lot to him for his foresight. I beleve it was used prevoiously as a Police Station and was moored down river. I also have fancied it as a home for myself!
McD - Rather than looking unloved and dilapidated, it looks to me as if The Harpy is being renovated (assume it was moved elsewhere - maybe to dry dock - when the Moorings were under threat). We are trying to moor my partner's barge there and having spoken to the 'owner' of the moorings, it seems that the number of boats is to be further restricted and they must fulfil certain aesthetics i.e. fit in with the other boats, so I wouldn't worry too much. They could turn The Harpy into a floating pub / restaurant I guess!!
Ive seen it moored downriver for a while, somewhere round Cherry Gardens as I recall. I've coveted it too, but any boat would do me fine. Fed up of living in a flat with no light, no weather and not enough of the outside world altogether.
I don't know whether any one saw the business section of the evening standard
An article about the founder of Berkeley homes,I know we already knew that they were going to concentrate on regeneration.but the way it was put was that they were turning there backs on expensive riverside flats.