I spent six great years at the London Docklands Development Corporation from 1990 to 1996. Despite joining at a time when the UK was in economic difficulties, typified by the collapse of Olympia & York, developers of Canary Wharf, I am proud of what I achieved.
After O&Y collapsed, I worked with a small team from the LDDC on our part of the rescue. I was personally responsible for the restructuring of deals between the LDDC and London Underground, which had been made to facilitate the construction of the Jubilee Line extension. These were all tied into the wider restructuring and I remember signing documents around a lawyers conference room table, long after John Macgregor had announced in the Commons that the deal was done!
I went on to work on the Excel Exhibition Centre project. I put together the brief for the scheme, managed several £millions of projects to support it and I was very happy to see it open and successful. Coincidentally, I ended up working on the re-development of Earls Court a few years later as the exhibition industry moved to take advantage of the fantastic, modern facilities that Excel offered.