Tuesday 30 March 2010 8.38pm
I too would love to know as I live right behind it. Deutsche Bank vacated in the autumn - I assume their lease was up.
It just sat there derelict until about 4-5 weeks ago when a caravan appeared in its car park at the back and a chap took up residence. More men arrive every morning and they seem to be slowly taking all the scrap. They only seemed to be taking cabling until recently when I saw they were removing the fans from the low rise roof (they've yet to touch the roof at the rear).
Last week, a second caravan arrived. It had been on the vacant bit of land at St George's Circus
for a while along with the one that's been there for years. But for some reason, they brought it round on to Hill House land. All very odd.
I know BT used to own it and they leased it to Deutsche Bank but as I understand it, BT passed all their property (or nearly all) over to Land Securities a while ago. I have thought to get in touch with them to ask but I wouldn't know where to start.
No planning has been applied for as I have looked on SOuthwark's lists so it's a mystery.
Meanwhile, it's feeling very desolate around here: Hill House empty, Erlang House empty until this week, Colorama's been empty and for sale for a long time and now the Diversity Garden
and the Housing Office are boarded up. I also understand that CYC are moving out soon to make way for the site office for the hideous development. It's not nice!