An audience of around 80 gathered at the London Bridge rooftop cafe, The Exchange, last night to mark the launch of the tenth issue of Southwark magazine.
London Bridge is at the heart of the borough’s regeneration and with the iconic Shard building glistening overhead, the leader of Southwark council, Peter John and the council’s chief executive Eleanor Kelly addressed developers and investors with a strong interest in the borough’s progress.
John said: "The magazine really does capture what’s going on in the borough in terms of regeneration and development at this current time.
"From our public squares and parks through to the Aylesbury Estate, Camberwell and Nunhead – it’s all in the magazine and I want to thank the people who have produced it."
As one of the fastest moving areas for regeneration in the country, Southwark magazine promotes an area of great interest to regeneration specialists up and down the country.
Kelly took the opportunity to make two key announcements affecting the borough: a council pledge to build 11,000 new affordable homes in Southwark over the next thirty years and a compulsory purchase order on the Heygate Estate being made in the council’s favour – an "important step" towards the completion of the development.
Referring to the magazine, she said: "It’s about improving the lives of people who live and work and travel through Southwark.
"Here we are in the tenth year of producing the magazine and we’re not stopping here. The next one will be produced in January and the one after that will be here in July.
"It’s my pleasure to thank all the sponsors for this magazine."
Southwark was sponsored by ABC Self Store, Barratt, Berkeley, CIT, Delancey, Grant Thornton, Grosvenor, L&Q, Lend Lease, Linden Homes, Native Land, Sellar Developments and Workspace Group.
View the video on the launch event below
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