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The other Ralph in Greenwich is Ralph Luck, development director for the Peninsula - and consequently one of the busiest men in the uk property arena.

An affable, down-to-earth and approachable man, Luck is the chief mover and shaker in a project with massive public scrutiny and seemingly the most immovable deadlines in his role for the government's regeneration agency English Partnerships - the Millennium Village.

Part of his job has been to formulate and progress the competition which settled on Erskine et al (he denies that Christian names came into it) for the winning masterplan for the site. In between, however, he's had to answer a barrage of questions about everybody's favourite building project at the other end of that particular strip of land - the Dome. And at times the level of media interest in the Dome has been quite frustrating to him - the coverage in newspapers devoted to what will be a far more important development in terms of sustainable housing, experimental building techniques and planning, by comparison, has been minute.

There is plenty yet to be done. Next on Luck's busy schedule is to choose between two rival retail operators which are battling to build a suitably ground-breaking supermarket on a prime spot west of the Millennium Village. The two in question are Sainsbury's and Asda, with architects believed to include Chetwood Associates, which has done adventurous designs for Sainsbury's in the past. And then there is more housing to be built on the car and coach park site for the big 'Experience'.

Luck was appointed to mastermind the Greenwich peninsula last July, following John Prescott's launch of the Millennium Village competition. Before that he was ep's regional director for London and the South-east for three years. Prior to that he was involved in mixed-use joint-venture development schemes as a development consultant to English Estates in respect of the Chatham Maritime development, and as a senior development surveyor for Taylor Woodrow Property Company on regeneration schemes in London, Bristol, Leicester and Yorkshire. He's also worked as a chief officer in several local authorities responsible for - yes - public and private joint-venture development proposals.

Ultimately, when ep is done with reclaiming and servicing the whole 119ha peninsula site, much of it will have been down to two men called Ralph. With a lot of Luck.

David Taylor

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