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The Battle for Docklands: The Story of London Docklands, One of the World's Greatest Regeneration Projects

1998
52m 0s
Colour
Sound

Description

The story of the Docklands regeneration projects.

A largely triumphalist and uncritical history of the development of the Isle of Dogs sponsored by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) as it prepares to hand over control of the area to the local boroughs. Some room is found to reveal dissent with the corporation's plans with the use of archival film of protests and a brief new piece of comment from community activist Ted Johns. The video prefers the collaborative tone of community enabler, Dr Michael Barraclough however. It is largely an inside story of the people and politics that created the modern docklands leaning on comment from LDDC staff past and present from its on executive producer Sunny Crouch (the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs), through its Chairman Sir Michael Pickard, its Joint Chief Executive Roger Squire, and the Head of its Executive Office, Gareth Bendon. They are supported by the words of Reg Ward, the Chief Executive of LDDC from 1981 to 1987, and the powerful political instigators: Michael Heseltine, the Secretary of State for the Environment between 1979 and 1983 and Lord Howe, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the same period. Other friendly support comes from the managerial elite of the area's beneficiaries: Sir Lawrie Barratt, the Chairman of Barratt Developments, Richard Gooding, the Managing Director, London City Airport, Piers Gough, the CZWG Architect, David Wiltshire, Senior Production Controller for West Ferry Printers, Robert John, the Director of Canary Wharf Ltd., and Lord Levene, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Ltd. between 1993 and 1995. From their stories of the docklands development a line is traced from dereliction and neglect through to construction and success, a benighted area of London remade in the image of enterprise. A line in the narration that states that the development corporation was not so much a democratic body, more a commando force for development is seen as a positive fact in the path of urban regeneration. There is footage of the docklands in varying stages of re-development throughout including views of London City Airport, Canary Wharf, Canada Tower, the Surrey Quays shopping centre, The Limehouse Link road, the Docklands Light Railway, the Royal Albert & Millwall Docks, the Exhibition Centre and the Isle of dogs enterprise zone at West India Docks. Housing built by developers Barratt and Wimpy are contrasted with the efforts of the Great Eastern Self Build Association. The movement to return authority to the local boroughs is discussed by Sylvie Pierce, the Chief Executive of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Wendy Thomson the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Newham and Cllr. Conor McAuley, the Deputy Leader of Newham Council.

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Several borough collections hold this videotape. LSA digitised the one at Redbridge Museum.

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On 30 April 2017, Andy Humphreys said:
I directed this film with Desmond Wilcox producing. It was very much a "legacy" film for the LDDC but all were keen to show that there was opposition. However, one tenth of London had suddenly become empty and derelict and something had to be done quickly. The LDDC was created and told to do it..... but nobody knew what. This films gives a good idea of those early days and, looking back from 2017, its remarkable achievements.

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Cast

Narrator: Desmond Wilcox

Location

United Kingdom; England; London; Tower Hamlets; Dogs, Isle of

Credits

Director: Andy Humphreys; Producer: Desmond Wilcox; Researcher: Jamie Crittall; Production Assistant: Sarah Boszormenyi; Camera: Matthew Marschener; Camera: Richard Day; Camera: Denis Borrow: Sound: David Holmes; Rostrum Camera: Ken Morse; Off-Line Editor: Alex Pikal; On-Line Editor: Ben Giles; Dubbing Mixer: John Duell; Dubbing Mixer: Roger Sinclair: Production Manager: Sheila O'Brien; Executive Producer for LDDC: Sunny Crouch

Formats

Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives VHS LSA3525 Unknown
Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives DVD LSA3525 Unknown
Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives AVI master digital file LSA3525 Unknown
Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives MPEG-4 LSA3525 Unknown
Harrow Local History Library VHS LSA3070 Unknown
Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives VHS LSA3534 Unknown
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives VHS LSA3918 74 Unknown
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives VHS LSA3919 75 Unknown
Southwark Local History Library and Archive VHS LSA4405 8 Unknown
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