Official tender for Made in Dagenham film studios launched

The race to find the operator for London’s largest film studios in 25 years is officially underway.
Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, announced the official tender exercise today.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We want a visionary partner to help us make the Made in Dagenham film studios fact not fiction.”

Following a good response to the expressions of interest stage which ran recently, Be First is now inviting formal tenders by the 16 March.

The operator will be charged with running the 20-acre site to compete with major international studios and provide desperately needed studio space in the capital.

Cllr Rodwell said: “We want these studios to be on a scale Steven Spielberg can be proud of, but more importantly we want them to benefit local people.

“The studios, from construction right through to when they’re running, will provide thousands of jobs for our residents in all manner of trades and generate £35 million for the local economy.

“The winner of the bid doesn’t necessarily have to be big but needs to think big.”

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Drive for Digital Dagenham on track

Barking and Dagenham’s ambition to rival Old Street area as the capital’s new tech city took a step closer to reality this week after a planning application was submitted to develop two new buildings in the borough, which will be used as data centres.

NTT Communications Corporation has submitted an application to develop the 212m long buildings and this is now with planners at Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is an exciting development and shows our drive to attract tech businesses is beginning to pay off.”

If planning consent is given, the data centres will be near the proposed Made in Dagenham film studios on the former brownfield Sanofi site.

Cllr Rodwell said: “We want our borough to be famous not only for films but also modern media and tech companies looking to build their brands and businesses.

“It means more quality better paid jobs for local people and it will be the only site in London that has media, data and science in one location.”

The planning application is open to consultation and is due to be decided by the council’s independent development control board.

A great new school ensures no child is sent to the back of the class

A new super state of the art school has opened in east London as part of a flagship regeneration development.

Greatfields School in Barking, which will eventually be part of a campus for 2,430 students, including a primary school, secondary school and sixth form first opened its doors in September 2016, and has just moved Year Seven and Year Eight pupils to its new permanent accommodation.

The school, which is being built in three stages, will cover over 21,500 sqm on the former Gascoigne Estate, which is being redeveloped to provide hundreds of quality, affordable homes.
Headteacher of Greatfields School, Richard Paul, said: “I am thrilled with the quality of our brand-new school which has been designed with our teaching and learning philosophy at the core.”

The ‘inside out’ design means larger, modern classrooms that allow teachers to arrange the flexible teaching spaces according to needs and can literally ensure no pupil is put to the back of the class.
Mr Paul added: “Our new building is at the heart of this wonderful community and my staff and I will work tirelessly to ensure that the young people of this community have access to a first-class education which gives them the opportunity to go on and achieve their aspirations.”

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council commended Partnership Learning and Be First for the speed and efficiency of the build, which means Barking and Dagenham continues to build new school places for new communities.

Cllr Rodwell said: “We are keeping pace with our fast-growing school population, meaning no child in this borough is without a school place.

“Greatfields School is a great new school for a great regeneration project in London’s growth borough, and I am sure the staff and pupils will produce great things in the future.”

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, which is helping to deliver the project, said: “Greatfields School is at the heart of one of our flagship regeneration projects and our mission to help deliver 50,000 homes and 20,000 jobs in the borough over the next 20 years.”