Urban Regeneration in the London Docklands Essay

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Urban Regeneration in the London Docklands

The London Docklands Development Corporation is located along the River Thames Estuary

2.a) The London Docklands had to close for many reasons. The main reason was the Second World War. The area suffered substantial bomb damage in the Second World War, which lead to the need for a substantial rebuilding programme. In the first 20 years after the Second World War, many buildings came to the end of their usefulness. A number of factors contributed to the decline in the importance of the Docklands. London was no longer the centre of world trade and so much of the dock space and warehousing was no longer needed. Some manufacturing activities were
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These responsibilities included the reclamation of land, the provision of transport infrastructure, environmental improvement and the attraction of private-sector investment. The LDDC acquired land and promoted transport development in the form of the Docklands Light Railway and London City Airport to attract development and fill up the Isle of Dogs. The LDDC had four aims that they wanted to achieve in the Docklands. They were basically to improve the economic, social and physical aspects of the area. To improve the economic aspect of the area, they had to create jobs for the unemployed who were living in the Docklands. To do this, they had to bring in major companies. The LDDC decided to provide a good infrastructure to the area. They provided the gas, electric and roads. Transport was a main problem, so £600 million was spent on transport, and another £300 million on just the Docklands Railway.

3. a) Many office buildings were built, including Canary Wharf. Large newspaper companies were attracted to the Docklands, away from Fleet Street because of the new Canary Wharf building. This is one of the tallest buildings in England, at 800ft high and boasting 50 stories. Companies were attracted to Canary Wharf because of the quality of it with air conditioning, deep floors, and open office space. Building space in London was short and expensive.
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