Introduction from Lord Kerslake, Chair of the Board of Be First

Without doubt, Barking and Dagenham is London’s hottest property.

With excellent transport links, affordable land and a ‘can do’ attitude, it’s unsurprising that the borough is growing faster than any other in the capital.

So, I’m delighted to be leading Be First, a venture designed to knit together private and public interests to capitalise on the opportunities that the area offers.

Our blend of private and public expertise will smooth the planning process and drive up the quality, quantity and pace of regeneration, maximising the benefits for developers and local residents alike.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a really special and productive relationship. Why not join us?

Lord Kerslake
Chair of the Board
Be First

London’s growth opportunity

Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of London’s accelerating growth.


As the capital expands ever eastwards, the borough is increasingly the focus of attention for developers and investors, attracted by the most affordable and accessible opportunities in the whole of the Southeast region.

The scale of the transformation is huge.

More than 400 hectares of land is available for development and we have ambitious plans to provide more than 50,000 high quality new homes and 20,000 new jobs within the next 20 years, concentrated in seven growth hubs.

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The borough has a clear vision and an ambitious strategy, building on a recent Growth Commission report, focused on developing and harnessing the talent of its young, entrepreneurial and increasingly skilled population.

Be First has expert local knowledge and can offer advice and support about the emerging opportunities in London’s growth borough.


An east end epic is coming!

We are inviting expressions of interest from ambitious investors, entrepreneurs and businesses to help build London’s largest film studios and media complex in Dagenham.

We plan to bring state-of-the-art film and TV studios to the borough in response to the rapidly growing demand for top quality film and TV production facilities in the UK.  Our feasibility study demonstrates the potential and suitability of our site.

Our aim is to support the industry and, at the same time, to support local businesses and create hundreds of jobs in this key growth sector of the economy. It’s an outstanding opportunity to make help Dagenham become famous for films as well as Fords.

Formal tenders are invited before 16 March 2018. For more information, download our information pack now: Expressions of interest brochure_Interactive

Tender documents from: Tender site

A copy of the full Content and Capacity Assessment is also available for download here now:  Assessment of Content and Capacity – final report.

Follow this link for aerial footage of the site and find out why Film is moving East.

London’s growth opportunity


Be First has the following skills and expertise building on the council’s excellent regeneration track record which includes numerous award winning schemes and over 600 units delivered for Barking and Dagenham Reside:

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  • Pre planning and planning services
  • Land acquisition and site assembly
  • Development management
  • Place-making involving local residents and existing networks
  • Masterplanning and design briefs
  • Marketing and promoting the borough
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Bid writing
  • Capital delivery
  • Innovative funding and partnerships
Be First London