Opening up the river

Along much of the Thames offices, hotels and private housing developments have ‘cut off’ existing communities from the river. We wanted to open up the river for everyone to enjoy.

Between 1984 and 1988 we organised the demolition of derelict buildings, the completion of the South Bank Riverside Walkway and created a new riverside park called Bernie Spain Gardens. This opened up spectacular views of the Thames, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City and attracts visitors from all over the world as well as being a well-loved amenity enjoyed by people living and working in the area.

We manage and maintain the Gardens and the Riverside Walkway (between the National Theatre and Sea Containers House). The costs associated with this are met by income generated through our commercial activities.