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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Yorkshire and the Humber Annual Dinner and Awards
29 September 2017
On the 29th I was due to attend the Yorkshire and Humber annual dinner and awards in Leeds. The organising Committee had prepared a full day's programmers for myself including a visit to Leeds College of Building in the morning, followed by a visit to the A1(M) in the afternoon.
I would have been attending the dinner and presenting the awards at the Leeds Hilton in the evening. However, for family reasons I was not able to be there; thankfully, our senior vice-president Matthew Lugg, gallantly stepped in and the feedback I have is that the two days were a huge success!
My thanks to Matthew for a brilliant job as well as to Andrew Hugill, our Director of Policy who also contributed greatly. Special thanks to Andy Burton, the Region's chair, who was in charge of the whole event.
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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