Thank you for taking the time to visit this website to explore the proposed plans for the future of St Katharine’s Precinct.

If you have any questions on the proposals or have any queries about the website, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

What’s next? A ‘Decant Precinct’

Our first step once we have secured planning consent will be to move the Yurt Café and our current tenants into a temporary home. We have purchased the neighbouring John Scurr Centre (JSCC) from Tower Hamlets Council and have under gone an extensive program of refurbishment to bring this underused community asset back into intensive use.

The Decant Precinct will house the Yurt Café and our community uses. This new home will benefit from the attractive external areas for seating and gardening, with a new connection to St James’s Gardens.

The Decant Precinct will provide continuity which the local community can engage with and demonstrate how the new space will be operated. This means new connections can be formed ahead of the formal opening of the new Precinct.

We have recreated the informal atmosphere and homeliness of the Yurt – with a strong sense of joy leading our design and fitting out if this new space. We are looking to shortly unveiling this uplifting environment for our neighbours and visitors to continue to meet.

Another special RFSK venue, JSCC will provide continuity and a space from which we can, with our community, formulate the feel and spirit for the new permanent facilities.

The full planning application material can be found by searching PA/21/02188 on the Tower Hamlets Planning Portal here.

If you have any thoughts or questions please do get in contact with St Katharine’s via the contact details at the bottom of the page.

March 2022

A formal planning application is submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Summer 2022

Anticipated planning decision

Summer 2023

Current users of St Katharine’s Precinct will start to move to the Decant Precinct in the adjacent John Scurr Community Centre

Christmas 2023

Closure of the current Northern Site

2024 - 2026

Construction of the new building, connection and green spaces


Opening of the new permanent St Katharine’s Precinct

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