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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Streets of the Future
04 July 2017
I was delighted to have been asked to chair the morning session of the
Streets for the Future Conference
which was held at Britannia Walk on the 4th July. Under the guidance of Andrew Hugill, CIHT Director of Policy and Technical Affairs, the Institution has been central to the debate about the form and character that our streetscape should take. This topic is of course also relevant to my Presidential theme of Creating Better Places. It was encouraging to hear the exciting work taking place from this subject around the country and Europe!
Did you know…
Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.
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