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Head, Peter (Part 10 of 14)

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    Civil Engineering

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    The British Library

  • Interviewees

    Head, Peter, 1947- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 10 [25:19] Remarks on developing interest in sustainability: London Mayor Ken Livingstone's Estates Sustainable Development Commission, joined by PH with David Fell and Robin Stott; Ken Livingstone's effective use of experts; PH interest in working in planning. [02:50] Remarks on Sustainable Development Commission: anecdote about first meeting and Ken Livingstone's helpful attitude; meetings and presentations; development of London Sustainable Development Framework to assess and integrate other policies; satisfaction for PH in making a difference in London. [07:40] Remarks on retrofitting of London with new sustainable technology: food growth in city and better water use; London 2007 climate change policy to reduce carbon emissions; practical initiatives. [10:35] Remarks on C40 Cities program: Mark Watts, appointed by Ken Livingstone to develop climate change policy for London; Livingstone's search for collaboration with other cities, support from Bill Clinton's charity; Nicky Galvron and Livingstone setting up Cities 40 group, chaired by Livingstone, Toronto's David Millar, then New York's Mayor Bloomberg. [13:20] Comments on PH involvement in Crossrail project: description of proposed line routes through London and its history; PH conception of Crossrail as part of main railway network not separate line; Arup's Mark Bostock previous work on Channel Tunnel PFI high speed rail line to London; PH work with Mark Bostock to plan route across London called London Regional Metro [LRM]; failure of scheme; heightening of PH interest in integrated planning; anecdote about asking Mark Bostock for a job at Arup in managing integrated planning practice. [18:35] Remarks on Arup: description of Ove Arup's outlook on integration of social, environment and engineering concerns; John Lewis style partnership financing; holistic innovation; Mark Bostock recruiting PH for difficult planning role; [21:50] PH excitement at joining Arup; place of Arup as a trend setter in engineering; Arup view of Channel Tunnel high speed rail route, advocacy of holistic regeneration scheme with help of Lord Heseltine and John Prescott; opposition to integrated solutions.

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    Interview with civil engineer, Peter Head

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    Peter Head interviewed by Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

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