Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council visits Beam Park following 936-home partnership agreement

Darren Rodwell visiting Beam Park

The Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, has visited Beam Park to witness the progress being made on the currently consented 3,000-home regeneration scheme following the 936-home partnership deal signed by Barking and Dagenham Council with Countryside and L&Q in March 2022.

This agreement was crucial to accelerate much-needed housing delivery on the 72-acre regeneration of a former Ford manufacturing plant in east London into a new and vibrant destination.

Cllr Rodwell enjoyed a tour of one of London’s largest live construction sites at Beam Park, with 843 homes, a multi-faith centre and medical centre currently under construction in the first two phases of the development, and 315 homes completed so far.

In one of the largest bulk housing acquisitions made by a local authority, in March 2022 Barking and Dagenham Council acquired 936 homes in three future phases of Beam Park, of which 50% will be affordable housing and 50% market rental homes. This agreement was awarded ‘PRS Deal of the Year’ at the RESI Awards 2022 in May, which recognise exemplary project delivery within the residential property sector.

Beam Park is one of only three regeneration schemes in London delivering at least 3,000 homes and providing 50% high quality affordable housing (including shared ownership, London Living Rent and London Affordable rent homes) to meet the need of local communities.

When fully complete, Beam Park will have extensive facilities including two schools, retail spaces, a gym, a nursery, a multi-faith centre and two state-of-the-art energy centres. 44% of the development has been allocated for publicly accessible green space, which includes a 3.5-hectare central park in the heart of the development with the River Beam running through it.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is yet another great milestone for the borough. We’re proud to be delivering much needed homes for local people, at pace, to meet the ever-growing demand.

“As ever, and even more so with the cost of living on the rise, it’s so important that our residents have the best chance when it comes to affordable housing. I’m so pleased to be able to say we are not only building good quality homes, but sustainable neighbourhoods with state-of-the-art facilities as well.”

Kevin Delve, Managing Director, East London, Countryside, said: “With the transformation from a former Ford factory into a thriving new community well underway, we were proud to host Cllr Rodwell at Beam Park and showcase the scale and quality of construction taking place. The visit also enabled us to celebrate the partnership deal signed earlier this year with Barking and Dagenham Council, which has allowed us to accelerate the much-needed housing delivery.

“Beam Park is an ambitious, collaborative partnership with unparalleled commitment to getting on with the important job of building homes for all Londoners, and we are proud to have similarly dedicated partners in L&Q and Barking and Dagenham Council to achieving this goal.”

Darren Parker, L&Q’s Director of Development and Regeneration, said: “As the Beam Park development continues at pace, it has become clear that it is now more needed than ever. We are proud to be delivering, alongside our partners, a site offering 50% affordable homes at a time when Londoners need all the help they can get to take their first steps on the property ladder.

“We are delighted that Cllr Rodwell took the opportunity to visit the site and learn more about the work we are doing to help tackle the housing crisis.”