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.”