A former convent which has been redeveloped to provide 29 affordable homes for local people has received the thumbs up from the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and Deputy Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council this week.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council said: “I absolutely love the refurbishment of Sacred Heart – it really is second to none.

“It’s been sensitively done and has retained some wonderful original features including, the bell tower.”

And Councillor Dominic Twomey, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance & Core Services, said: “We said we would move heaven and earth to provide great new affordable homes for local people and we have.”

The 29 homes, all at affordable rents, include 3 one-bedroom flats, 5 two-bedroom flats and 1 three-bedroom flat, plus 1 one-bedroom house, 10 two-bedroom houses, 8 three-bedroom house, and 1 four-bedroom house.

Richard Mullaney, Murphy Project Manager, said: “Murphy’s purpose is to improve life in the communities where we live and work by delivering world-class infrastructure, and this project has enabled us to do exactly that. As a family-owned business, we live by our ‘One Murphy, one family, one team’ value, and we are so pleased to be involved. We have retained the historic character of the convent and transformed it into new homes for local families.”

Shane Flynn, Construction Manager at Be First, said: “This project was a unique opportunity for Barking and Dagenham Council to re-purpose a much-loved historic building.

“Bringing the beautiful Sacred Heart Convent and chapel back to life has been made even more exciting by also creating colourful, much needed, family houses, connected by a playful, child-friendly landscape.”