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Number of schools taking part in active travel awareness weeks in Barking and Dagenham nearly doubles

Nearly 5,000 pupils participated, recording a total number of over 9,400 active travel trips Cycle to School Week (25th to 29th September) and International Walk to School Month (October) returned to Barking and Dagenham schools this year and the fruits of the borough’s labour have been clear to see. Barking & Dagenham has been accelerating …

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Low carbon, affordable homes completed at Gascoigne Neighbourhood

Barking and Dagenham’s greenest housing block has been completed by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm. The eight new properties are all affordable and feature cutting edge technology to help its residents reduce their emissions and energy bills. The new homes are certified with the leading international design standard Passivhaus, meaning that the …

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Barking and Dagenham scheme wins prestigious award for UK’s best new affordable housing

A House for Artists, a London Borough of Barking and Dagenham scheme delivered by Be First, APPARATA Architects, Create London, and supported by the Greater London Authority, has won the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Neave Brown Award – the annual award recognising the UK’s best new affordable housing development. A House for …

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Be First appoints Haworth Tompkins to lead Gascoigne West Phase 3 design team

Be First, the urban regeneration arm of Barking and Dagenham Council, has appointed Haworth Tompkins to design the next phase of its regeneration of the Gascoigne neighbourhood in Barking. Gascoigne West Phase 3 will see the delivery of a further 137 high-quality new homes and public landscape spaces as part of one of London’s largest …

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Be First announces winners of £35m design framework to accelerate housebuilding in Barking and Dagenham

Be First, the regeneration arm of Barking and Dagenham Council, today announces the winners of its £35m design framework launched earlier this year to seek new architect and design team partners from 2023 to 2027. The design framework partners will support the delivery of Be First’s ambitions to build up to 4,000 homes in Barking …

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BeFirst announces completion of London’s first new generation multi-storey scheme, Industria  

Be First, the regeneration arm of The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has completed an innovative new industrial property development called Industria in Barking. The development is London’s first new generation multi-storey ramped industrial/warehouse scheme.   The scheme has been built to provide employment space for local businesses and help the growth of SMEs in …

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Discover Barking and Dagenham at Open House Festival 2023

The doors are open to discover Barking and Dagenham from a new perspective this September as part of the free annual Open House Festival. The two-week celebration takes place across the capital and offers people the chance to visit and learn more about some of London’s most exciting and interesting buildings and neighbourhoods. Across Barking …

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200 Beautiful new homes completed in the Gascoigne Neighbourhood in Barking

Be First, the urban regeneration arm of Barking and Dagenham Council, is celebrating the completion of the latest phase of its regeneration of the Gascoigne neighbourhood in Barking. The £76m project is bringing over 200 new rental homes and six retail units to Gascoigne East, along with a large new park and play area, a …

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Introducing THE YARD: The Ultimate Community-Led Mini Street Food Market and Events Space Launches in Barking

Barking is set to come alive with vibrant street food and social and cultural events with the launch of THE YARD. The community-led mini Street Food Market and Events Space launched at Factory 15 in the MAKE IT building in Barking. The event took place on Thursday 17 August and provided an unforgettable night of …

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Party in the Park – Gascoigne Neighbourhood celebrates opening of new play park  

Residents at one of London’s biggest regeneration schemes came together to celebrate the opening of a new play park in the east side of Gascoigne Neighbourhood in Barking. A fun-filled family afternoon saw plenty of people turn out to take part in activities, including the ‘Community Wishes’ art project by local organisation Studio 3 Arts, …

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