Architecture fans flock to see historic Pennington Street warehouse

23rd September 2015

St George, Pennington Street, Open House

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015, more than 540 architecture and local history fans visited the Pennington Street Warehouse at London Dock, which has been closed to the public for over 200 years, as part of the Open House London weekend.

Open House London is an annual architecture and design festival which invites the public to explore behind the doors of some of the capital's most important buildings, including 10 Downing Street, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and the BT Tower.

As part of the Open House event, St George opened up the historic Pennington Street Warehouse in Wapping, which was built in the early 19th century for the storage of imported goods such as rum, silk fabrics and ivory held in bond. The building formed part of the London Dock network: the first enclosed commercial docks in the capital.

Craig Carson, Managing Director of St George City said: "We were delighted to welcome more than 540 people in to experience the historic Pennington Street Warehouse, which has been closed to the public for over 200 years, as part of the prestigious Open House London festival.

"The 313m-long, Grade II listed warehouse is a classic example of 19th century industrial architecture and is a local historic landmark. It will be carefully restored as part of the London Dock development, becoming the heart of a vibrant new neighbourhood in Wapping."

St George was granted planning permission for the London Dock development in March 2014. The 15 acre site will be transformed into a new neighbourhood with 1,800 new homes, 486 of which will be affordable, 110,000 sq ft of commercial space, six acres of public open space and land for a secondary school for 1,200 pupils. The Pennington Street Warehouse will be restored and brought back into use with an eclectic mix of retail, restaurants, galleries and offices.

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