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Pride of place

Good to see two giants of the development world recalling design decisions as well as planning battles at the Urban Land Institute conference in Canary Wharf last week

Nigel Hugill and Stuart Lipton (pictured) were talking about the Stratford City development, for which they achieved planning permission long before the London Games were ever thought of.

What began as a retail and residential scheme grew, with encouragement from Robin Wales at Newham, John Prescott’s planning ministry, and eventually Ken Livingstone, into the new city you see today.

Hugill’s favourite recollection was a local resident called Rose, who attended all the community consultation meetings. She told him: ‘I’m proud of Stratford. I just wish it had more to make us proud.’ It does now.

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