Barking or Bust Tour - Dynamic Dagenham Too
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The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
We hope our tour of Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration hotspots gives you an idea of the huge scale of regeneration that is underway in this borough, the opportunities that are available, and the benefits that it will deliver.
What you will see is a mixture of the old, the new and a glimpse of the future. We’ll explain our vision as well as our existing projects and historical successes.
You can help us by chipping in anything you know about that we haven’t covered or have missed. Though we’re firmly rooted in this borough, it’s amazing just how interesting and colourful the borough is. We’re learning all the time. And, don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Regeneration does mean change and often it means disruption too. But we hope that at the end of the tour, you will feel as excited about what we are doing as we are. We are confident that the work that we are doing, with our partners, will pay enormous dividends, for current and future generations.
Be First is a pioneering URBAN REGENERATION COMPANY wholly owned by Barking and Dagenham Council and operating independently.
Our mission is to capitalise on the borough’s position as London’s best investment and development opportunity to accelerate growth.
We aim to help deliver 50,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs in the next 20 years.
We are a DEVELOPER and we buy sites, get planning permission and build new residential and commercial developments.
We provide project management, land assembly and planning CONSULTANCY SERVICES to the council and to our commercial partners, who share our determination to deliver great developments that benefit local people.
We also provide TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING and other statutory functions for Barking and Dagenham at no cost to the council.
The company must make a financial return that will be reinvested in public services, such as social care, environmental services and education.
We deliver A SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE MODEL OF URBAN REGENERATION that creates new homes and jobs for Barking and Dagenham’s current and future communities, ensuring that no-one is left behind.
Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in London, with outline planning approval for 10,800 homes together with schools, open space and community facilities. It has 2km of River Thames frontage which will be opened up to residents for the first time. The new overground station will be in this area by 2021. It is the only NHS designated ‘Healthy New Town’ in London.
Plans to create a tunnel for a 1.3km stretch of the A13 would enable the creation of an exciting new mixed-use neighbourhood with a station, capable of delivering more than 5,000 homes and 1,200 jobs. The proposals would transform an underused and traffic-blighted area and provide a link between Barking town centre and Barking Riverside.
The run down 40 hectare Thames Road industrial area provides a very negative entrance to Barking Riverside and separates the new development from existing communities. Land is being acquired and master planning carried out to create some 3,000 new homes and 100 new jobs while also addressing the loss of employment land through new forms of workspace.
We have ambitious plans to build London’s largest new film and TV studios for 25 years opposite Dagenham East station. Along with a state-of-the-art film-based visitor centre, it will generate up to 7,000 new jobs, with a broad range of skills.
The former Ford sites at Beam Park and the Stamping plant are being prepared for some 5,500 new homes, with schools, community facilities and retail and employment space.
Dagenham Dock is one of the borough’s key industrial areas with significant potential for higher density employment development. Around the rail station there is potential for some new residential development as well as commercial space. The London Sustainable Industries Park is the UK’s largest concentration of sustainable industries and technologies.
The arrival of Crossrail – the Elizabeth Line – at Chadwell Heath in 2019 offers several estate renewal and other development opportunities. Chadwell Heath industrial estate is a major opportunity for new mixed-use development, 20 mins from the City of London.
Just to the north, the Marks Gate estate is in need of renewal and has a number of underused open spaces. Work with neighbouring Redbridge Council will look at estate regeneration and higher density housing, together with new retail and leisure facilities for residents.
Some development of this area is already underway adjacent to the former Dagenham Civic centre – a listed building which has been given new life as Coventry University's London campus. There are opportunities to create new student accommodation nearby and to intensify residential development.
The Becontree estate itself is an under-appreciated asset, with tree-lined streets, family housing, parks and facilities all in a cottage estate style. There is significant potential to renew what is one of the most successful 20th century housing developments.