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London Docklands +30

October 2012

In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London

After thirty years, the long-term economic verdict on the redevelopment of London Docklands seems to be: a success! In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London.

July 2012 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of east London’s Isle of Dogs Enterprise Zone, sited in the Docklands area. Coincidentally, Docklands finally overtook the City district in 2012 to become the biggest urban employment zone in London for banking and financial services.

This case study examines the long-term economic success of the Docklands redevelopment plan, which was originally guided by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC). As part of this timely topic update, we take an additional look at the resulting land-use and landscape changes that are taking place in the City district, part of London’s old Central Business District (CBD).

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  • Evaluating the success of the redevelopment of London Docklands
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