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ROYAL DOCKS CHALLENGE

CAN YOU HELP DANIEL BRIDGE AND THE ROYAL DOCKS TEAM DELIVER A NEW URBAN PARK FOR LONDON?

WELCOME

The Royal Docks Taskforce is an academic exercise bringing together 12 participants from the Class of 2017-18 of the Executive Masters in Cities to advise the Mayor of London and Newham Council on their plans to create a new Urban Park in London's Royal Docks.

This website brings together information based on in depth interviews with Daniel Bridge who leads the Royal Docks team.

REGISTER

The Royal Docks Challenge is open to nominated members of the Executive Masters in Cities. To access the full information, please register using the invitation code sent to you.

DATA

Once registered please read through the information and data shared by the Royal Docks Team

REPORTING

The culmination of the taskforce are three reports delivered to the Royal Docks team in late August 2018

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 Royal Docks team, an entity of the GLA and Newham Council 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 £800 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 and the Royal Docks Team now to piece together the different sites in the area into a new urban park. What should be the vision for this urban park? What type of uses and programming would you suggest? Who and how should operate the new urban park? These three questions form the focus of this taskforce.