The LDDC History Pages

The London Docklands Development Corporation 1981 -1998

- telling the story


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The BBC's London Walk - A Thames Tour of Rotherhithe, is now live on the BBC website.
(Webmaster: July 2005)

Overview of LDDC Accounts 1981-98 - in 2007 the National Audit Office conducted an analysis -more details

Great Photographs of Docklands
Luke Agbaimoni - click here

Note on Copyright

Reg Ward - Tributes

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FOR nearly seventeen years, between July 1981 and March 1998, the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) worked to secure the regeneration of the London Docklands, an area of eight-and-a-half square miles stretching across parts of the East End Boroughs of of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Newham

The area was transformed and the work of the Corporation attracted worldwide attention not least in academic circles. In its lifetime the LDDC responded to this interest through the provision of resources of all kinds but following its winding up in 1998 it has become increasingly difficult to obtain LDDC publications and other historic material about its work. The site seeks to help in filling the gap. The number of visitors to the the site has grown enormously and especially among students from schools and colleges thoughout the world. Among our other visitors are agencies responsible for the regeneration of urban areas world-wide.

What was LDDC?  

THE LDDC was an urban development corporation, the second to be established by the Government under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. Click here for a brief overview about the Corporation, its powers and achievements. Also available are copies of the slides used in a presentation given in 2004 by a former LDDC officer  who served throughout the whole period of the Corporation's life - click here to see a .pdf copy (2798 kb).

Death of Stuart Innes

It is with great regret that we announce the death on Wednesday 14th July 2021 of Stuart Innes.
Stuart switched the lights on at the LDDC  with Reg Ward, and was the last man out the door, turning the lights off on his way out - Stuart was there, from beginning to end. The LDDC would not be what it was without his dedication and hard work.

There will be a memorial event held in London at some point in the not too distant future. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.


Death of Reg Ward

It is with great regret that we announce the death on Thursday 6th January 2011 of the LDDC's first Chief Executive, Reg Ward. So much of what the London Docklands are today is a direct result of Reg's huge vision for the area. He was much loved by all who worked for him in those heady days and he will be greatly missed. The tributes have poured in - click here.

There was a celebration of the life and times of Reg Ward at Canary Wharf early on 4th July 2011 - click here for full information and here for an obituary broadcast by the BBC- left-hand button, second item

Calling All Students!

Please see this informative resource which systematically categorises the available graduate and undergraduate programmes available today in the US.

Link to Small Pieces of History

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Page last modified: 15 Julyy 2021