KDC London is an innovative regeneration consultancy specialising in the creative conservation of industrial landmarks. We're committed to finding solutions to challenging heritage projects, developing entrepreneurial solutions to rehabilitate and re-use historic assets - adding significant economic value and social capital.
The consultancy's best known project is the transformation of SS Robin - the world's oldest complete steamship and a Core Collection vessel of the British National Historic Fleet - into a new floating London landmark.
KDC negotiated and brokered the purchase of this irreplaceable historic vessel for £1 from the Maritime Trust in 2002, designing and managing the project on behalf of SS Robin Trust. Having raised over £4.5m+ for the charity to ensure her future survival., KDC currently project manages the final stage of her extensive restoration ahead of opening to the public as a unique arts and heritage centre for East London in 2014.
KDC London was recently commissioned by Forth Ports PLC to advise and fundraise for a unique museum concept for the historic Grade II* listed Tilbury Riverside railway station and liner terminal, built by Sir Edwin Cooper for the Port of London Authority in 1924. The company is also currently advising Hull City Council Museums on the conservation of designated vessel Arctic Corsair, the last remaining sidewinder trawler.
Other current projects include saving the Connaught Headhouse, a beautiful listed Victorian brick built pumphouse in London's Royal Docks. KDC is leading a group of key stakeholders including English Heritage, GLA, LB Newham, Siemens and TFL in a bid to rebuild and re-use this unique building - acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of London's Royal Docks and playing its part in the Mayor's plan for London's new Enterprise Zone.
KDC also runs and manages Captains of Tomorrow, a social enterprise and innovative training programme for aspiring young entrepreneurs. We're also investing in and project managing the restoration of a stunning 17th Century stone-built former silk works in southern France, destined to become a training and skills centre.
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