SS Robin: A New Opportunity
The SS Robin is a national treasure, built in 1890 at Orchard Yard on the River Lea, close to where she is now. She is the world’s oldest complete steam coaster and the last of her type in the world. Her incredible story is one of risk, enterprise, determination and endurance.
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On behalf of the SS Robin Trust, Expressions of Interest are invited from landowners, developers and/or operators for a leasehold interest in SS Robin, the world’s oldest complete steam coaster.
Adaptive reuse of the SS Robin provides developers and landowners with an iconic placemaking opportunity, potentially as part of a waterfront regeneration scheme or as a complement to existing developments.The ship adds vibrancy and character and brings a distinctive sense of place to any waterfront destination.
The 45-meter long ship has a large hold of approximately 150 sqm which is highly flexible and adaptable. The SS Robin is currently cradled on a 50-metre long floating pontoon with an additional 750 sqm of internal space, which could equally be adapted for a variety of uses. It is not technically feasible for the SS Robin to be put back in the water, but the Trust is open to ideas that include the floating pontoon, as well as free-standing landside solutions.
Both the SS Robin and the pontoon are in good condition, following a £100,000 conservation programme. With the fabric secured, the SS Robin Trust is now seeking a commercially viable future for the ship through a lease construction which will cover the long-term upkeep of the ship and pays homage to this gem of British maritime heritage.
Although ideally rehomed from her current base in the Docklands to another East London location, the SS Robin Trust is open to Expressions of Interest from parties across the UK and internationally. Interested parties are asked to contact Fourth Street, specialist destination consultants to the SS Robin Trust, to request further information at Jmuller@fourth-street.com