Results tagged “London Docklands Development Corporation”

regward2.jpgIt's not very common for bosses to be loved by their employees, but a celebration of the life of Reg Ward proved the exception to that rule.

Mr Ward, the first chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation, was remembered at a gathering of friends, family and colleagues at an event in Canary Wharf last night.

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High on the agenda of the the London Docklands Development Corporation was transport links from west to east.

The railway question was answered, in part, by plans for a light railway but on the roads, there was an equally ambitious scheme.

regward2.jpgReg Ward, one of the men chiefly responsible for the creation of the modern Docklands and Canary Wharf, has died aged 83.

Mr Ward, who died last Thursday, was chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation between 1981 and 1987. It was the body responsible for the regeneration of the Isle of Dogs.

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Henry VIII gave the forerunner of the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter in 1514 and it received a coat of arms in 1573 along with the authority to create beacons and signs "for the better navigation of the coasts of England".

Since then it has pioneered the techniques of lighthouses and signage often worked at its Thames side workshop at Trinity Buoy Wharf established in 1803.

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The landscape of Canary Wharf has changed remarkably in the last 25 years.

Towers have surged from the soil and businesses have flourished in an area once regarded as a "social and political hot potato".