Public Private Partnerships: A funding framework for the future?
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This dissertation topic has been chosen in a deliberate attempt to research an areaof planning that is at the fore of political and economic agendas. Due to thedeveloping nature of case studies and examples used, the information gathered istime sensitive and may therefore change at any given point.The scope of this research has been extended as a result of Richard Phillips,Principal Transport Planner and Chief Representative for the Crossrail project withinthe Greater London Authority (GLA) agreeing to meet with myself in London todiscuss a major development project funded through the partnership method. Alengthy interview with Richard resulted in me gathering a wealth of information andunderstanding regarding the intricacies of partnership funding when delivering urbanmega-projects. The Crossrail scheme is an ongoing project; with funding anddevelopment information being extremely sensitive, I owe a great debt to Richardand his personal contribution, without which the supporting study would not havebeen possible.After discussions on potential help with this dissertation in the summer months MattBrook, Director and Principal Architect at Broadway Malyan honoured his word.
Matt‟s position as architectural lead of the Mann Island project allowed me to
analyse, discuss and critique arguably the most prominent urban development in theNorth of England. Matt
‟s input not only provided added detail on aspects of urban
design and development of the urban realm; but also enabled my research to providea place specific analysis of a bespoke, Northern metropolitan environment.I greatly appreciated the knowledge and opinion contributed by friend and SeniorPlanner and Urban Designer at BDP Christian Nielsen. The ability to relate this areaof research to environmental planning is a skill; one that Christian brilliantly delivered,clearly articulating points that fed directly into the chosen area of study.An added level of depth is given to my work as a result of Senior Lecturer PeterNorth, Social and Political Geographer at the University of Liverpool, specialising inspace, place and people. Peter provided an element of balance to an otherwise