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28th and 29th JUNE 2016

AT:

Level 39,
One Canada Square,
Canary Wharf E14 5AB

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WASTELAND TO WHARF 2014 finishes on a high, celebrating a world-class place for business 3rd April Museum of London Docklands,
Canary Wharf, London

Canary Wharf, London: On Thursday 3rd April at the Museum of London Docklands opened its doors to the inaugural and truly unique one day exhibition 'Wasteland to Wharf', designed to celebrate the most successful business development in recent history. The day was hailed a success by all the exhibitors who participated, with the event being attended by over 100 end users, consultants, designers, architects and contractors who work in or around Canary Wharf.

This one day showcase displayed innovations from a number of businesses who supply services and products to the organisations located at Canary Wharf, comprising lighting and furniture designers and manufacturers, manufacturers, critical power providers and ergonomic experts.

The main panel session at lunchtime was extremely popular, with a knowledgeable line up comprising Guy Stallard, Head of Facilities for KPMG UK, David Exley, Head of Facilities at Clifford Chance, Paul Burgoyne, Building Manager of the most prestigious building at Canary Wharf –One Canada Square, and Alexandra Steed a consultant with landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners. The expert panel discussed 'The Culture of Canary Wharf' and how the culture has developed through the years through the mixed use nature of it composition, with retail, residential and commercial properties and thoughtful landscaping are all element that have contributed to ensuring that Canary Wharf is a place that businesses and people want to be.

The strong sense of business purpose was also highlighted, alongside the high standard of maintenance and functional performance that is so evident in the buildings as well as the surrounding external areas, which Paul Burgoyne, Building Manager at One Canada Square attributes to "the culture of ownership and attention to detail that is inherent at Canary Wharf".

David Clements, Managing Director of FUTURE Designs and key founder of Wasteland to Wharf commented:
"I am delighted with the enthusiasm and support that was shown for this inaugural event to celebrate the success of Canary Wharf. We have merely scratched the surface of the stories to be told in this dynamic business quarter and I am looking forward to next year with anticipation to next year where we intend to build up on this success."


WASTELAND TO WHARF
an exhibition to celebrate a world-class place for business
3rd April Museum of London Docklands,
Canary Wharf, London from 8.30am to 5.30pm

Canary Wharf, London: On Thursday 3rd April at the Museum of London Docklands will open its doors to the unique and inaugural one day exhibition 'Wasteland to Wharf', designed to celebrate the most successful business development in recent history.

This one day one event will showcase innovations from a number of businesses who supply services and products to the organisations located at Canary Wharf, as well as a speaking programme will include contributions from senior professional who were involved in some of the first major relocations from the City of London. A lunchtime panel session will include contributions from experts who manage property at Canary Wharf including Guy Stallard, Head of Facilities for KPMG UK, David Exley, Head of Facilities at Clifford Chance and Paul Burgoyne, Building Manager of the most prestigious building at Canary Wharf –One Canada Square.

Selected exhibitors represent all elements of building management include:

This event will recognise and celebrate the success of this development since its inception 31 years ago and will appeal to anyone who is interested in how the buildings are operated and managed.

ABOUT THE WHARF

The concept of Canary Wharf was a courageous move to develop an international business nucleus, on what was essentially wasteland in the East end of London.

After years of planning, development and tireless promotion gradually the axis of the City of London began to shift. One by one key businesses and organisations made the bold step of moving from the traditional 'Square Mile' to this new contrived business environment called Canary Wharf.

Facts about the Wharf

  • The first company to occupy offices at Canary Wharf was the State Street Bank.
  • Now the Wharf is home to the world or European headquarters of numerous major banks, professional services firms and media organisations including Barclays, Citigroup, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Infosys, Fitch Ratings, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, RBC, Skadden, and Thomson Reuters
  • Canary Wharf comprises 35 building, 3 shopping malls and contains over 14,000,000 square feet of office space
  • Approximately 95, 000 people are employed at Canary Wharf

For further information go to www.wastlandtowharf.co.uk

To register your interest in attending this show email info@wastelandtowharf.co.uk

For press enquiries contact: Anna King on 07780 956 291 anna@informare.co.uk

ENDS/


Notes to editor

Wasteland to Wharf; A brief history

In the early twentieth century, the Docklands area was in fact far from a Wasteland. In 1936 there were over 400 in industrial firms located in E14 and E3, London, with huge variety from adhesive manufacturers to wool factors, exotic tortoiseshell makers to the heavy duty constructional engineers. The impact of the 2nd World War on the Docklands was savage and was the beginning of the end of this prosperous period.

Post-war construction was late arriving to the Docks and it took three decades for the semblance of a new landscape to develop. The emerging area was quieter and greener, however, a lack of investment and competition from other part of the country meant the Docks were run down and there were great concerns about how to revive the economic fortunes of the Docks and all of the area east of the Tower of London.

A number of governments tried to address the issue:

  • 1971: the London Docklands Study Team is set up under the Heath government to come up with a redevelopment plan.
  • 1973: The Labour government set up the Docklands Joint Committee, comprising the GLC and 5 London Boroughs.
  • 1976: London Docklands Strategic Plan is devised, funded by Public Sector was proposed to utilise existing skills to rebuild the infrastructure and create local jobs. The plan never came to fruition.
  • 1979: Conservative government led by Margaret Thatcher, with Michael Heseltine at her side as Secretary for State for the Environment passed the power to just one agency - the London Docklands Development Agency (LDDC), charged with regenerating the area, initially trough road improvements and clearing sites in order to make the area, that was now a Wasteland, attractive for private investment. Amidst the boom of the 1980's modern apartment buildings began to appear alongside skyscrapers, the likes of which London had never seen before. In 1987 the innovative Docklands Light Railway was opened, followed by the Jubilee line extension in the 1990s.

The contrast between the old and the new was not without controversy however today the Wharf is one of the major economic centres of the world.