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Getting to know: David Lunts from the GLA

Wed 20th November 2013, 10:11 am

GLA’s executive director of housing and land talks to Sitematch about his admiration of an epic novel by Mark Helprin, and when a meeting becomes memorable.

What has been your most memorable meeting?

So many meetings, yet so few are really memorable! The best ones are always when you get something complicated sorted out and you can finally see the way through to delivery.

Recently this has included finally getting the deal done to bring forward 1,300 new homes on the Greenwich Peninsula, where activity has stalled for years, and the development agreement with ABP - the Chinese developer of the Royal Albert Dock - to bring forward a new pan-Asian business district on land that’s been derelict for thirty years.

Both are hugely important deals and herald a new generation of inward investment into regeneration sites in east London.

Which celebrity would you like to take out for a meal and why?

Bradley Wiggins would be my choice. He must have some great tales and I’d love to know what we’d need to order to put away the 7,000 calories a day he eats on the Tour de France!

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?

I’d love to go back to Bulgaria which I visited for the first time this summer and fell in love with.  

Which book or film has had the biggest influence on your life?

A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin is the novel I have enjoyed most in recent years. It is a haunting account of an awesomely terrible campaign and brilliantly explores the boundaries between fact, fiction and memory.

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