The only task force of its kind operating in London - The GLA Royal Docks Delivery Team - visited ABP Royal Albert Dock to outline their approach to enhance and to promote the area in the years ahead.
Newly established by the Mayor of London with the support from Newham Council, the 16 strong team is now based at Royal Victoria Dock and responsible for improving infrastructure and engage the public and businesses through a cultural and events programme and to promote the Royal Docks locally, nationally and internationally.
The Royal Docks Delivery Team was given a construction site tour where they met the representatives of the general contractor CITIC Construction and the principal sub-contractor Multiplex. They saw the construction work being undertaken by more than 350 on-site workers and they took an overview of the project from the viewing platform on top of the on-site office.
During the tour they saw the progress made since the “golden spades” dig into the ground at the ground breaking ceremony with 4 Type A office building blocks and the larger Type B office building emerging from the ground with pre-cast concrete columns installed and the concrete slab poured up to six storeys.
The whole ABP London Team met the Royal Docks Delivery Team and joint presentation were given including the concept of building London’s newest business hub from Masterplan to final completion and a presentation on GLA objectives and activities.
As one of the highest profile and largest regeneration projects in Europe, London’s Royal Docks will enjoy hundreds of millions public funding and investment with the new Royal Docks Delivery Team committed to working with ABP alongside other stakeholders to determine the best way to utilise the public spend and make Royal Docks an innovative and vibrant place to work, live and play.
The Royal Docks is the only Enterprise Zone in London and South East England and it has now been agreed that first £380 million of business rates generated in the Zone should be ring-fenced and spent in or to the benefit of the Zone.
During discussions the Royal Docks Delivery Team stressed they are keen to help new and existing enterprises to succeed through public funding benefits and that the Mayors of London and Newham have set out a joint vision to develop the Royal Docks.
Decades of investment in transport infrastructure, including at London City Airport, have made the Docks one of the best-connected destinations in Europe and the arrival of Crossrail in late 2018 will provide high-speed links to central London and Heathrow.