Innovative Dagenham development crosses finishing line

Building work near a former Ford site in Chequers Lane, Dagenham, has been completed meaning 90 affordable homes are ready for local people to move into.

And to celebrate the completion of the ‘turnkey’ development, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell met Deon Browne from Be First and Kevin Parsons, Director of Hollybrook Ltd, who built the homes.

Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “It’s great to see this quality affordable homes for local people completed. This whole area is in the fast lane of regeneration with thousands of homes coming to nearby Beam Park and of course we’ve got the City of London markets coming here too.”

Kevin Parsons, Director at Hollybrook, said: “This is a very high quality scheme delivered on time and on budget. It has been great to work with Be First and we are delighted that their first Turnkey development has been such an outstanding success.”

Initially Hollybrook had planning permission for 77 homes on the site, of which only 16 per cent were affordable, but thanks to an agreement brokered by the Council’s regeneration organisation Be First, all the homes are now affordable.

The new ‘turnkey’ agreement meant once Hollybrook completed construction, the council took ownership of 90 homes, with 69 per cent at affordable rent, and 31 per cent at London Affordable Rent.

Deon Browne, Construction Manager at Be First, said: “This was Be First’s and the council’s first turnkey deal and it’s great to see it cross the line. But we’re not resting on our laurels at Be First, we’ve got some great turnkey deals and other developments on track to deliver hundreds of great homes for local people.”

Low emission homes are topping out and cutting down

Deputy Leader of Barking and Dagenham and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership & Engagement, Councillor Saima Ashraf attended a topping out ceremony at the Gascoigne Neighbourhood, marking the halfway completion of a further 215 affordable homes.

The structure of Gascoigne East Block F1 has been completed, meaning the construction of another 215 homes is now well underway.

The homes will consist of 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bedroom flats, 123 of which will be affordable rent or shared ownership.

Councillor Ashraf said of the development: “It’s great to see how far the redevelopment of the Gascoigne neighbourhood has come.

“We are in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, so I am proud to say we’re leading the way in London in building great affordable homes for ordinary working people.”

The redevelopment of the Gascoigne neighbourhood is one of London’s largest regeneration projects, which will also be a sustainable and cycle friendly development.

Dubravka Polic, Senior Development Manager from Be First said: “A key aspect of the development will be its sustainable and cycle-friendly credentials.

“There is a targeted 40 per cent cut in CO2 emissions from energy produced by the homes.

“There are also places for over 1,000 cycle parking spaces.”

The emissions will be cut using an array of rooftop photovoltaic cells and connection to the district heating system, meaning the development will have 40% less Co2 emissions than what is expected per Building Regulation guidelines.

Chris Tredget, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon said: “We’re delighted to reach the halfway milestone in delivering the next 215 homes for Gascoigne East.

“To be providing affordable, sustainable homes for the local community is something we’re very proud to be a part of.”