ROYAL DOCKS CHALLENGE

CAN YOU HELP DANIEL BRIDGE, THE MAYOR'S CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER DELIVER THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LONDON'S ROYAL DOCKS

WELCOME

The Royal Docks Challenge is part of series of real case studies 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.

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.

Q&A

Once registered please read through the challenge and ask any questions through the moderated Q&A at the bottom of the page

WORKSHOP

The culmination of this case study is a morning workshop where you will present your ideas to Dan Bridge.

Introduction

CASE WRITTEN BY SAVVAS VERDIS

Since 2000, the Greater London Authority (GLA) 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, is  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 was the 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). Enterprize Zone status gave the Royal Docks a unique opportunity to retain future business rates from current and new occupants for a period of 25 years. This would ultimately provide up to £400 million for upfront infrastructure investment. Having completed a competitive bidding process to find the right partners to develop the biggest sites in the area, Daniel Bridge now has to deliver the right infrastructure to enable the development. What pieces of infrastructure should he prioritise and when should these be phased in?

WATCH THE VIDEO

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