The end of an era 27 Apr, 2007
Around eight years ago, when I had been a full-time developer for but a year or two, we moved offices from the prestigious West-end of London to a scrotey old office above London Bridge station (not the nicest part of olde London town, it has to be said). The office environs weren’t what we were used-to with regards shops and the like, but Southwark does have quite a lot to offer (especially pubs! The Market Porter is by far one of the best).
Today however marked the end of an era: our last day in London “proper”. From Monday, my business unit will be based in Docklands. For the non-Brit readers, Docklands is a young, brash re-development of the old slums and docks of London’s East-end. Steeped in horrible history, the area is gradually becoming more and more “gentrified”, with looming glass towerblocks and executive apartments as far as the eye can see.
So, there we are. The transformation is complete: once upon a time, IT was closely aligned with the business. Now, we are a few miles down the river in a small, aged building. Everyone will be “hotelling” (a posh word for sharing miniscule desks and no storage).
On the plus side, the so-called “renaissance” of London Bridge will be allowed to continue. Our old offices will be demolished later this year, to make way for the Shard of Glass, a pretty impressive development.