Accelerating regeneration and investment in Barking and Dagenham


Introduction from Lord Kerslake, Chair of the Board of Be First

Without doubt, Barking and Dagenham is London’s hottest property.

With excellent transport links, affordable land and a ‘can do’ attitude, it’s unsurprising that the borough is growing faster than any other in the capital.

So, I’m delighted to be leading Be First, a new venture designed to knit together private and public interests to capitalise on the opportunities that the area offers.

Our blend of private and public expertise will smooth the planning process and drive up the quality, quantity and pace of regeneration, maximising the benefits for developers and local residents alike.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a really special and productive relationship. Why not join us?

Lord Kerslake
Chair of the Board
Be First

London’s growth opportunity

Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of London’s accelerating growth.

As the capital expands ever eastwards, the borough is increasingly the focus of attention for developers and investors, attracted by the most affordable and accessible opportunities in the whole of the Southeast region.

The scale of the transformation is huge.

More than 400 hectares of land is available for development and we have ambitious plans to provide more than 50,000 high quality new homes and 20,000 new jobs within the next 20 years, concentrated in seven growth hubs.

The borough has a clear vision and an ambitious strategy, building on a recent Growth Commission report, focused on developing and harnessing the talent of its young, entrepreneurial and increasingly skilled population.

Be First has expert local knowledge and can offer advice and support about the emerging opportunities in London’s growth borough.

London’s growth opportunity

Be First will have the following skills and expertise building on the council’s excellent regeneration track record which includes numerous award winning schemes and over 600 units delivered for Barking and Dagenham Reside:

  • Pre planning and planning services
  • Land acquisition and site assembly
  • Development management
  • Place-making involving local residents and existing networks
  • Masterplanning and design briefs
  • Marketing and promoting the borough
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Bid writing
  • Capital delivery
  • Innovative funding and partnerships