ROYAL DOCKS

CAN YOU HELP DANIEL BRIDGE, THE MAYOR'S CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, DELIVER A NEW PART OF LONDON?

WELCOME

The Royal Docks Challenge is part of the Challenge Circles series where leaders open their greatest challenges to circles of problem solvers both inside and outside their organisation.

This challenge is based on in depth interviews with Daniel Bridge from the Greater London Authority, who is seeking your views on the future development of the Royal Docks area in East London.

There are three steps to this challenge: First an online platform giving you all the details and key data behind Daniel Bridge's work at the Greater London Authority. You can access the full platform by clicking the button above. Once registered, please take the online survey. Secondly, you will be invited to join your challenge peers in an online meeting to discuss potential solutions. Finally, you will be invited to a challenge workshop at the Royal Docks where you will be able to relay your proposals to Daniel Bridge himself.

REGISTER

The Royal Docks Challenge is open to nominated challenge takers. To access the full challenge, please register using the invitation code sent to you by Daniel Bridge.

WEB MEETING

You will be invited to a web meeting where we will introduce you to Daniel Bridge and the other challenge takers. This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions on the challenge.

WORKSHOP

The culmination of the challenge is a morning workshop in the Royal Docks where you will be able to work in teams and relay your ideas to Daniel Bridge himself.

Introduction

CHALLENGE WRITTEN BY SAVVAS VERDIS

Since 2000, the Greater London Authority has played a key role in steering metropolitan level strategy in sectors such as transport, the environment and economic development. One of the key innovations coming out of the GLA, was its integration of economic and social strategies through a spatial planning approach, mapping out where growth and investment should occur and where economic sectors would most likely become more competitive. From the outset, the Royal Docks were seen as a key part of an eastward growth corridor that had the necessary amount of brownfield land to accommodate new growth in the city. Beyond the market demand, what prevented the development of the area in London’s development boom years was a lack of transport and social infrastructure to transform the site from what used to be one of the world’s bustling dock areas to a liveable part of the city. It is not surprising that without this infrastructure investment successive government agencies such as the London Docklands Development Corporation, English Partnerships and the London Development Agency have, since the 1980’s, been unsuccessful in kick starting development. Could the GLA finally change this?

In 2012, the Mayor in collaboration with Newham Council published a strategy for the area that coincided with the establishment of London’s only Enterprise Zone, to be managed by the London Enterprise Panel (LEP). The vision set out to deliver a vibrant new part of the city following on from the legacy of the King’s Cross development and the Olympic Park development. Both the GLA and Newham Council agreed that this was a great location to house future employment in the city being perfectly aligned with London’s other employment zones along the new Crossrail east-west rail service. Having completed a competitive bidding process to find the right partners to develop the biggest sites in the area, Daniel Bridge had to come up with a list of infrastructure choices to make these developments happen.

WATCH THE VIDEO

Listen to Dan’s Story and his involvement in the Royal Docks project