"The London Docklands redevelopment is the largest urban regeneration scheme in the world. Beginning in 1981 and transforming a previously run-down area of London, an area of contrasts and conflicts has been created. The research presented here aims at examining some aspects of this new physical, social and psychological environment as a background for exploring the theoretical concept of psychological attachment to place. The redevelopment focussed on in the research is predominantly residential, building on the site of filled-in docks. The area has a history of a close-knit community. The new residences have succeeded in attracting people with a range of incomes and backgrounds, providing an opportunity to examine some questions about attachment to a local area. Attachment is defined as "An attachment bond with any object and thus also with the home may be defined as i) the state of psychological well-being experienced by the subject as a result of mere presence, vicinity, accessibility of the object and conversely ii) the state of distress set up by the absence, remoteness or inaccessibility of the object." Giulani (1991) The attachment experience is comprised of three main elements, self, attachment object and self-object relationships, which lead to a number of differing patterns of attachment. Therefore, it is hypothesised (Gerson et al 1977, Giulani 1991) attachment is a multivariate concept: people can be attached for different reasons, and to certain degrees. Further, it is suggested that different patterns of attachment will be related to a number of demographic variables. Two studies are reported here: 1) A small (n=24) interview study was carried out in early 1991 to investigate these hypotheses. The results, albeit within a small data set, showed that there was a trend which suggested that people were attached in different ways. In addition, it was possible to show that people differed in how far they were attached. 2) These results and results from a pilot questionnaire informed a larger questionnaire study (n=200) which was carried out in late 1991. The questionnaire focusses on the structure and process of attachment to place From the results it was possible to discuss groups of people each with different attachment profiles in the context of demographic variables."