BBC Politics London coverage of East Bank development

17 February 2021
By Amy Zamarripa Solis

This Sunday, BBC Politics London featured the new East Bank development as part of its morning programme. The Foundation for Future London is proud to be part of this new chapter for East London, by connecting communities, the new East Bank and its globally renowned institutions and fundraising to expand grant-making opportunities to support learning, training and employment through arts, education, culture and innovation.

Our colleague Lyn Garner, Chief Executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, was interviewed about the overall arts and culture regeneration project and the exciting capital builds going up at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Already you can see the buildings taking shape for East Bank partners, such as University College London and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Although the development will create 2,5000 jobs, bring 1.5m visitors and generate £1.5bn for the local economy, it’s important to the Foundation that the people and communities of East Bank — in the four boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest — play a vital role in placemaking and will themselves see benefit from this investment and transformation.

As a funder and fundraiser, it’s vital that we champion diversity, inclusion and equality in a real and tangible way with East Bank, that local people’s creative ideas, dreams and aspirations are taken seriously and can find a place for these to take hold as part of the development, whether that’s through co-production, seed funding for new business ideas or training for a new career direction.

Earlier this month, both Lyn and the Foundation’s CEO Maria Adebowale-Schwarte were interviewed for London politics blog On London  about East Bank’s 2021 updates and is part of a new series by On London Editor Dave Hill, which aims to chart the regeneration and capital development as it unfolds.

BBC Politics London (14/2/21) : Watch again on BBC Iplayer (starts at 20:39)

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