London & Continental Railways' managing director Stephen Jordan is retiring from the business it has emerged.
I mention this because Jordan has been a guiding hand on the Stratford City project since way back in 1996 when the government first formed LCR to bring forward the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link and donated the Stratford railway lands to the company alongside the King's Cross Central and Ebbsfleet sites.
Perhaps his most notable moment since then as he helped work up regeneration plans at three of the UK's most significant sites occurred during the battle royal between the Reuben Brothers and Westfield over who would take control of the 180-acre Stratford City development.
The simmering row of course went into overdrive after London unexpectedly won the Olympics bid and the site went from being prized to the most prized site in the UK. The Games meant there was a deadline to work to now and it could not be held to ransom by developers haggling over who got the biggest slice of the pie.
Jordan issued a 14-day ultimatum threatening to throw all four members of the consortium off of the project if a deal was not done. Shortly afterward he got the outcome he no doubt wanted when Westfield bought out the Reubens, Stanhope and Multiplex. Happily for me I was the first to that particular story and got to know Jordan a little bit afterwards. He is known in the industry as a sharp operator with a dry wit and has perhaps been putting off his retirement until he completed another major Olympics deal - the recent sign off of an LCR jv partnership with Lend Lease to build around 4m sq ft of offices at the Olympic Park.
A note to friends and colleagues this week said: "After more than 15 years of looking after LCR's stations and property interests, Stephen has decided it is time to end his daily commute and retire."
I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up in some other guise working on the Olympics project - but that is pure speculation I hasten to add!