Dutton Accepts Olympic Challenge

By on 21/07/2009 in News

Clive Dutton OBE, Director of Regeneration at Birmingham City Council, is to leave the city after four years service to take up the challenge of developing the Olympic legacy for the Borough of Newham, host borough of the 2012 London Games.

In his new role as Executive Director for Regeneration, Planning and Property, Dutton will be responsible for managing the unprecedented transformation of Newham and east London which will occur before, during and after the Games.

Awarded the OBE in 1998, Dutton joined Birmingham City Council in 2005, and has since overseen a dramatic regeneration programme within the city, unprecedented in its recent history.

While Birmingham has not been immune for the global recession, projects such as £600m New Street Station £193m Library of Birmingham, and Big City Plan, all developed during Dutton's tenure, have left it better placed for future growth than most of its global competitors.

Dutton said: “There are very few jobs in the world that would have enticed me away from Birmingham, a city I genuinely love, but the draw of helping to shape the country's Olympic legacy was one I simply could not turn down.

“I want to help ensure Newham maximises opportunities created by the 2012 Games, Cross-rail, London City Airport and Stratford International Station, and am looking forward to the challenge of making the sort of lasting difference to that area that the Council's work in Birmingham is currently making.

“While I will be sad to leave Birmingham, I believe the momentum of the regeneration programme we have established in recent years will continue into the future, and I will take a keen interest in seeing them brought to fruition.”

Newham Council's Chief Executive Joe Duckworth said: “Nowhere else in the UK is undergoing transformation on the scale of Newham – and it is not just about hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

“Our borough has huge potential for investment, growth and greater prosperity with an abundance of land for development, excellent transport links and a young, energetic and increasingly skilled workforce.

“For Newham the only way is up and we are delighted to have someone of Clive's calibre joining us.”

Mr Dutton, 56, has more than 30 years of senior experience working in the planning and urban regeneration arena in public, private and voluntary sectors.

He has worked as a special advisor on regeneration issues for central government on the Urban White Paper and economic aspects of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

In June 2009 he was presented with the 'Outstanding Contribution to Regeneration in the West Midlands' award at the 2009 Property Week awards.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “The balance of London is moving eastwards and we must ensure the regeneration here will always be for the benefit of local people. Clive will help us support a dynamic local economy to which national and international business is attracted, but where existing local businesses can also prosper. We're delighted the best people want to be part of our vision.” 

Note to editors

In addition to the 2012 Games, Newham is home to Stratford City, the largest and most ambitious mixed-use development within the M25, which will see a £4 billion metropolitan centre with more than 100 shops, three big department stores, cafés, schools, hotels, parks and health centres built on 73 hectares of previously derelict land.

Canning Town and Custom House is also embarking upon a multi-billion pound regeneration programme as part of the Government’s new Mixed Communities Initiative. The project includes 10,000 new homes, 500,000 square metres of mixed use floor space in a revitalised town centre with new job opportunities, schools, health and leisure facilities.

The Royal Docks are also being transformed into a living, working community of high quality residential spaces, offices, workspace, retail, leisure and entertainment facilities.

Newham is also London’s best connected borough with London City Airport and Stratford International Station. The borough will also benefit hugely from the Crossrail scheme.

For further information contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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