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Who we are

SRP is made up of a range of partner organisations working together to deliver a Stratford which will be an exciting place to live and work. For more information about each partner and a link to their homepage please use the list below.

East Thames Group www.east-thames.co.uk

East Thames Group provides more than 13,500 affordable homes in east London and Essex.  The Group provides homes for rent, affordable home ownership and residential care homes.  In addition to being one of the largest landlords in Newham, East Thames is also a property developer and provider of employment, training and community programmes.  The group's mission is to make a positive and lasting contribution to the neighbourhoods where it works. 

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Land Securities www.landsecurities.com

The Land Securities Group owns, develops and manages commecial property through two business divisions; the retail Portfolio and the London Portfolio.  The scale and vision of operations makes Land Securities a major force in shaping the British landscape. Retail property makes up the largest share of Land Securities portfolio, with a substantial development programme underway. The shopping centre and retail park portfolio extends across the whole of the UK and includes some of the most popular and successful retail destinations in the country such as the White Rose Centre in Leeds, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth together with major holdings across London. Land Securities own the long-term leasehold of Stratford Shopping Centre and are actively pursuing regeneration proposals for the site.

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Local Forums

There are three key local forums, each with a seat on the SRP Board:

The Cultural Forum

Stratford Cultural Forum represents the interests of Stratford based organisations with an interest in the arts; including arts-related programming, education, training and development.  Its objectives include promoting Newham as a centre for the arts at regional, national and international levels; profiling the range and quality of the collective contribution of member organisations, developing and animating the Stratford Cultural Quarter; contributing to the regeneration of Stratford; enhancing the cultural offer of Stratford Town Centre; and supporting the promotion and marketing of Stratford as a great place to work, live and visit.  Its member organisations include Rosetta Art Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus, Discover, University of East London, Birbeck College and East Potential.

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The Town Centre Forum http://www.stcf.biz/index.html

Stratford Town Centre Forum (STCF) represents the interests of local businesses.  It began as the Town Centre sub-committee of Stratford City Challenge in 1993 and has been involved with successive Single Regeneration Budget programmes in the area.  The STCF is now formally recognised as a sub group of the SRP.  The objectives of the Forum include promoting the interests of businesses, agencies and other stakeholders with an interest in the town centre; supporting the promotion and marketing of stratford as a great place to work, live and visit; supporting the continuous improvement of the quality and management of town centre facilities and services and to provide a focus and contact point for agencies engaged in town centre related activities.

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London Development Agency (LDA) www.lda.gov.uk

The LDA is the Mayor's agency responsible for driving London's sustainable economic growth – its job is to ensure that London remains a global success story. To help the LDA deliver this it works with partners from industry, public and voluntary sectors. As well as driving forward equality, health and sustainability, its work is prioritised by four themes - places and infrastructure and supporting people.  The LDA undertook the land acquisition for the Olympic Park and as land owner will be the key agency in delivering the long-term regeneration of the site, post Olympics.

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London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) www.ltgdc.org.uk

The LTGDC is the key government agency responsible for delivering social and economic growth to transform the London Thames Gateway - part of Europe's largest regeneration project and sub-region within which Stratford is located. It is one of only three Urban Development corporations in the country.  It has significant powers to effect change, including land acquisition and Development Control responsibilities by helping to improve the prospects for new homes, jobs, services and environmental improvements for local people.   Top of page

London & Continental Railways (LCR) www.lcrhq.co.uk

LCR has responsibility for the multi-billion-pound regeneration of land around the High Speed 1 stations, including Stratford International, in partnership with developers and in close co-ordination with Government agencies, local authorities and communities. It has an important role in enabling the London 2012 Olympics and in delivering homes and jobs in the Thames Gateway.

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London & Quadrant Group (L&Q) www.lqgroup.org.uk/

London & Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) opened in 1963 and is one of the UK’s largest housing associations. The group works with more than 90 local authorities in London and the South East and manages nearly 60,000 homes.  L&Q has a regional office in stratford, and was responsible for the Stratford Eye residential development which includes a futuristic 19 storey tower.  

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Newham College of Further Education http://www.newham.ac.uk/

Newham College is an "Outstanding" FE College, in every sense of the word.  Dedicated to providing the widest possible range of fresh and flexible qualifications, the 'Open Access Policy' ensures that every potential student gains a Newham College place that best suits their needs.  Newham College is one of the few colleges in the UK to have been judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted recently, and this, combined with a Gold Investors in People Award and a recent Matrix Standard accreditation; means Newham College is officially one of the best general Further Education colleges in London .  

With expertise ranging far and wide, Newham College prides itself on achieving.  This is one of the many reasons students can learn in real life working environments as well as the class room.  Like no other FE college in Greater London, Newham College owns and operates its own chic retail store named Zen, a state of the art Hair Salon in addition to operating its own commercial Nail and Beauty Bar, Avante Garde.  Furthermore, Newham College's innovative approach to learning has seen them purchase the only Fashion and Textile Museum in the UK.  The FTM in Bermondsey now trains students in the fine art of Bespoke Tailoring, in exclusive partnership with the legendary collection of tailors on Saville Row. 

The college goes to great lengths to provide the highest quality teaching and best resources it can, and are delighted to have been given full status as a Training Quality Standards Award Winner by the Learning & Skills Council.  This means Newham College have been examined and found to be experts in delivering the best standards of professional training and development.  Local and National employers now count on Newham college to train their future staff for the world of work.  So whether students want to go on to university or go direct into work, Newham College is renowned for delivering on all fronts.    

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Newham Council http://www.newham.gov.uk/

Newham Council is the local authority and as such is a key player in the delivery of vital public services in the area. It has a long history as the key local agency for change and has been the public sector lead on the key regeneration initiatives in Stratford. It is the statutory plan making authority currently developing the Local Development Framework and represents and is accountable to the local community. Newham Council owns the Stratford Shopping Centre and other significant land holdings, within the Stratford area.

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Theatre Royal Stratford East www.stratfordeast.com

Theatre Royal, Stratford East opened in 1884 and remains a key cultural and historical asset in Stratford. Its mission includes a commitment to broaden the Theatre Royal’s influence both within Britain and abroad and encourage involvement in theatre. The venue represents an important anchor for cultural development in Stratford and as such is an important stakeholder in defining the character and identity of the area.

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The University of East London (UEL) www.uel.ac.uk

The UEL is an exciting, diverse learning community, which aims to give its students an £8.5 million redevelopment and boasts specialist clinics, labs, a fitness suite and the stunning Conference and Computing Centre in the heart of Stratford.  Students also have access to the excellent facilities at UEL's nearby Docklands campus.  UEL is vitally important provider of university education to the local population and proud to be a keen supporter of Stratford's redevelopment in the build up to 2012 and beyond. 

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Westfield www.westfield.com/ukcentres

Westfield is a leading retail property group and is responsible for designing and developing Stratford City. As co-signatories of the Section 106 developer obligations they have made public commitment to considerable on-going investment in the Stratford area for many years to come. Operating on a global platform, the group undertakes ownership, development, design, construction, fund and asset management, property management, leasing and marketing. Westfield has interests in an investment portfolio of 120 shopping centres, with a value of approximately £23 billion, located in Australia the US, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, employing over 4,400 staff worldwide.

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Birkbeck College, University of London: http://www.bbk.ac.uk

Birbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education.  Birbeck already offers a range of courses in Stratford, and is actively pursuing plans for a major new academic building in Stratford known as the Stratford Island University Centre in partnership with EIL and Newham Sixth Form College.

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Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc): http://www.newvic.ac.uk

Newham Sixth Form College (NewVic) is a thriving sixth form college located in Plaistow.  With 18 years experience of delivering specialist education for school leavers NewVic has become the first choice for students from over 140 different schools.  As London's largest sixth form college NewVic is able to offer a wide range of A-level and vocational courses to suit a variety of interests and levels.  Students received excellent support services to ensure that they achieve their goals and plan their progression.  Street dance, debating, tap dance, sports academy, cheerleading, choir, volunteering and the music bursary are just some of the enrichment activities offered to all NewVic students.  NewVic also manages Stratford Circus, an arts centre in the heart of Stratford (www.stratford-circus.com).

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