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Development strategy to redevelop London Docklands

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Introduction

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Introduction

During the 19th century London was the busiest port in the world. Due to improvement  in technologies  they became abandoned and started to decay. The London Docklands were bought by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) in 1981. They were isolated both physically and emotionally from the rest of London. It was not only difficult to get there, as the roads were poor and public transport to the area was virtually non existent and few people in the rest of London thought that the area was worth visiting. The docklands had serious problems of social decline, poor housing and little projects for education and employment in an area of decay. No one but a few people, like the LDDC or the Newham council, saw the great use of Docklands and moved there to start the process ofregeneration. The main project had various areas and themes for regeneration.

Architectural regeneration

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The River and the docks

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The earlier plans for the redevelopment of London Docklands not only ignored the area's architectural heritage but saw the areas of the docks as a problem. The potential of the river was virtually ignored as well.

The docks and the Thames are the most powerful symbols of the area's value and an unique visual and recreational amenity. It is the docks in particular that distinguishes the area from any other part of London and were therefore seen by the LDDC as a great area to be saved and redeveloped.

Transport Networks

When transport links were created by the LDCC, which was it’s first priority, central London could now be reached by public transport. These services included: connections with Bank and Monument underground stations, the Jubilee extension, which gives direct access to London Bridge and Waterloo and also an airport was built in the royal docks which has handled millions of passengers over the last few years.

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Conclusion

Housing and Population

Over 20,000 new houses have been built, most of them old houses regenerated into giant flats. Recently, Newham Council have been concentrating in providing low cost housing and making sure everybody can have a place to live. Statistics show that there has been an increase in population in the area and that the proportion of occupied house has gone from 5% to 40%. Also new shopping centres  have been developed and various colleges and parks have been constructed. Millions of pounds have been spent in better education, health and community programs. image04.png

London Docklands have now become a safer, healthier and a new socially developed area.  image00.png

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