Pupil’s wild at art adorns hoardings

Artwork inspired by the environment and wildlife is now being displayed on hoardings surrounding a new housing development in Marks Gate.

The paintings and drawings by students from Rose Lane Primary school were created as part of a competition run by the council’s regeneration organisation, Be First, with help from Studio 3 Arts.

This week local councillors, Cllr Sade Bright and Cllr Simon Perry, visited the site where the work is now displayed to meet the young artists, Assistant Deputy Headteacher, Lara Marsh, and Elaine Tribley.

Cllr Perry said: “The children’s work is awesome and inspirational. It’s great to see young people getting involved and expressing their love of nature and their local environment through art.”

Beth Cross, Community Engagement Coordinator at Be First, said: “It’s so important to involve the local community and young people with what we’re trying to build here – a great place for all, with quality new homes for local people and an improved and more bio-diverse environment.”

Lara Marsh, said: “The history of Marks Gate has been long and varied. It started with a moated manor house surrounded by three small hamlets at the entrance to Hainault Forest and then blossomed and grew in the 1950s. Since then, the school has been at the heart of the community and this is still our role today.

“At Rose Lane we pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our curriculum ensuring that our pupils leave us engaged with the society they live in. The creative arts are a hugely important aspect and this project not only encouraged the children to express themselves through art but also developed their knowledge of the community they live in and added something beautiful for them, their families and their neighbours to look at.”

Rosie Ross, Senior Creative Producer at Studio 3 Arts, said: “Studio 3 Arts is delighted to have collaborated with the children from Rose Lane Primary. Their work celebrates the history and natural landscape of Padnall Lake which they developed in responses to artpacks compiled by artist Elaine Tribley during lockdown.

“It’s fantastic that the children can now see their ideas realised within this informative and colourful design and share it with their families and the wider Marks Gate community.”

The artwork is displayed on the hoardings which surround the new development at Marks Gate which will feature 81 quality new affordable homes for local people.

For more details go to https://yourcall.befirst.london/Marks-Gate

Artwork inspired by the local environment and wildlife by students from Rose Lane Primary school.
Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Garden style industrial development will be UK first

Construction of a ‘garden style’ industrial development got underway by the Thames this week.

Once completed, ‘Industria’ will be the first multi-storey light industrial development to be built in the UK and it will also feature two ‘living walls’, helping create a more sustainable space for industry to grow and develop.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, who helped kick off the building work in Thames Road, Barking, said: “Industria will host a huge range of makers and creators, all ready to generate a new industrial revolution down by the river, at the same time as providing hundreds of new jobs and opportunities for local people.”

Industria is supported by £1 million of the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), alongside Barking and Dagenham Council’s investment of £37 million.

Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The Mayor and I are determined to use the Good Growth Fund to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place, which is why we are pleased to be supporting this new innovative, sustainable development that will provide hundreds of new jobs and opportunities for local people. Industria is a great example of positive collaboration between the public and private sectors and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the community.”

The development will house tenants in flexible units arranged around a vehicle accessible multi-storey hub. The experience for visitors and neighbours will be enhanced by green walls, business lounge, lively shopfronts and a new local café.

Other key features include:
• Four storey core buildings arranged each side of the courtyard
• Flexible light industrial units from 1700-5200 sq. ft (160-475 sq. m) and flatted factory units from 140-2500 sq. ft (15-230 sq. m)
• Goods lifts and vehicle ramp with vehicle access across three floors
• Business centre, meeting rooms and staffed reception
• Fully glazed ground floor shop units with a cafe open to the public
• On-site parking and cycle parking
• Excellent BREEAM rating for sustainability and environmental impact
• Top quality landscaping
• An estimated 350-300 people employed on site

Lily Kwong, development manager at Be First, said: “Industria will be the first development of its kind built in the UK. It will be a beacon of sustainable industrial development, providing high-quality modern space which will enable business to thrive in Barking riverside.”

Patrick Murphy, Operations Director at McLaren said: “We look forward to working with Be First and the people of Barking and Dagenham to deliver an exceptional attractive and sustainable industrial development.”

Hugo Braddick of architects Haworth Tompkins said: “Industria’ is one of our most exciting projects; it responds to the new demand for sustainable industrial space at increased density. Using innovative spatial solutions and progressive green landscaping infrastructure it will create a multi-level working neighbourhood for 300 people within one building, with vehicle access to every floor.”

The building of Industria is expected to be completed by February 2023.

A minor miracle on Ketch Street

The latest milestone in the redevelopment of Barking’s Gascoigne neighbourhood was marked by a topping out ceremony last week.

The £56 million development alongside Ripple Road will provide 159 top quality affordable homes for local people, with rents as low as £159 a week for a one-bedroom flat at today’s prices.

Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, said meeting this milestone on one of London’s largest redevelopments is a minor miracle.

Cllr Ashraf said: “With the massive challenges of Covid, Brexit and disrupted supply chains, it’s a minor miracle we’ve reached this landmark stage and I am delighted to see we’re making such good progress.

“Right now, one in five of all the homes being built by councils in London are built for local people in Barking and Dagenham and we expect nearly 900 new homes to be completed by May 2022.

“We’re delivering real regeneration for Barking and Dagenham.”

Cllr Ashraf was joined by Steve Kitchen of builders Willmott Dixon and Tom Mather, Construction Director at Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm.

Steve Kitchen, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the topping out of these four buildings which will soon become known as Shuckford Court, Flemming Court, Leleu Court and Mather Court.

“We’re very proud to celebrate this milestone having started this particular building during a global pandemic and all the challenges that has brought us all. It will be one of London’s most sustainable places to live and, in line with Willmott Dixon’s Now or Never 2030 strategy, we’ve worked hard during construction to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.”

Tom Mather, Construction Director at Be First, said: “It’s no secret the construction industry has faced some major supply chain issues caused by a combination of Covid, the economic recovery and Brexit, so we’re really chuffed to see our contractor Willmott Dixon meet this major milestone in one the largest regeneration projects in London.

“While we will still face major challenges next year, we will keep on battling to deliver quality affordable homes for local people.”

Once completed this phase of the redevelopment of the Gascoigne neighbourhood will deliver hundreds of the most affordable homes in the capital and one of London’s greenest, most sustainable places to live.

It includes a range of sustainable features, with a targeted 40 per cent cut in CO2 emissions from energy produced by the homes. The development includes an array of rooftop photovoltaic cells and a connection to the local district heating system. There are also over 1,000 cycle parking spaces.

The development is part of a wider strategy to which will deliver attractive public spaces including a 5,000 square metre public park filled with striking designs and a new climbing wall.