Real Names For Real Places

The government does have a propensity for making places up. And, needless to say, we regeneration types are very happy to join in, especially if there’s the sniff of grant funding as reward for playing along. Sometimes the making-up of places works very well in terms of communicating growth zones to the market, the most […]

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Reactions & (Patriotic) Retirement

Lawks! I have caused a stir. I never knew I was going to get so much response from my friends and relations over becoming EG regeneration blogger. It’s all rather gratifying. One very old friend of mine who shall remain nameless (oh alright then, Ian Lindsay of Network Rail) said “I see you are now […]

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Big Job Ahead for the Infrastructure Planning Commission

The Department for Communities and Local Government (known as “CLG” not “DCLG”- why?) has appointed Sir Michael Pitt as chair and is seeking a chief executive for something to be known as the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to be based in Bristol. I understand that the thinking for a new watchdog on infrastructure delivery was started with […]

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Regeneration Reunion at Mosimann’s

Was invited out to lunch with Peter Brett Associates (PBA) at Mosimann’s, which was a rare treat as I’d never been there before. I have always had a soft spot for the Brett boys – they’re a user-friendly bunch and they like a bit of knockabout humour – which is just as well really. I […]

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Olympic-sized Screens, Olympic-sized Waste?

A very good mate, who happens to be one ofthe most able regeneration freelancers in London, tells me that six London”Olympics Boroughs” (I thought it was five, but she assures meit’s six in this instance, I can’t keep up really) are each to playhost to an 8×8 metre (yes you did read that right, metres […]

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The Future of Park Royal

Out on a reunion with my old team from the Park Royal Partnership (PRP) Thursday night in that well known crawling-with-surveyors-venue, the good old Balls Bros wine bar in Brook Street. We had a bucket of white wine and some of those lovely snorkers with sesame seeds that are so moreish, after you’ve had a […]

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