So what about the theories about it being a gold store/visited by mysterious lorries at dead of night/having massive,electronically-controlled internal security doors and moving floors, then? All just urban myths about to go the way of the poor urban fox?
The basement was used to store Silver bullion. Last year lots of Polish lorries visited, and presumably relocated all the booty to some Eastern European vault.
I discovered this when walking down Chambers Street, and a bemused lorry driver pointed to his mobile phone. A text read 'Bank of America, SE16 [email protected]*'. (I can't remember the postcode). His Sat Nav had led him to this derelict site. I presume he expected to turn up to a shiny fenced off, purpose built building! I showed him the door bell by the garage doors and rang it. When I explained I was a helpful citizen, helping the lost lorry driver, a very stressed out security guard thanked me and told me to move along.
The lorry was a big articulated vehicle, plain white, and at a glance didn't look unusual. But on closer inspection the trailer was beefed up to carry lots of weight.
Silver as well as gold. I love it. I had a taxi driver who told me it was diamonds. It's like folktales about prehistoric mounds being haunted by floating, flaming heads - and then the archaeoligists move in and there's a gravesite containing a magnificent bronze helmet.
Luckily I had my camera with me then this afternoon,well disposable camera and took some photos of these lovely buildings, before the developers started their work.I can not decide if the security guard was being helpfull or not. Someone told us yesterday that there were Falcons who flew around the building in the evening,surely they should be protected.
Regarding the strange happenings being witnessed in and about Chambers Wharf, anyone who worked there in the good old days will tell you it's only Percy Moore !
SE16 was always a great place to live and work in the past,albeit very hard at times, but I am afraid it has gone downhill a lot since even those days.
It requires millions to be spent on the whole area.
Are we going to be obliged to a grand demolition, or is it going to be a slow process? The newsletter says a lot about the checks they're going to do to ensure it's safe, but nothing of the actual demolition. It'll be a shame to see these buildings go - however nice it'll be to have the Thames Path opened up at the end of Bermondsey Wall West!