Sanofi to showcase regeneration plans

Fri 21 September 2012, 11:37 am

Next month, pharmaceutical giant Sanofi will showcase redevelopment proposals for its 108-acre site in the borough, following the end of manufacturing operations next year.

Sanofi site: Plans to go on show

Its BusinessEast blueprint, which secured outline planning permission earlier this year, aims to transform the former May & Baker site into a business, science, and retail park expected to create thousands of jobs.

Among the proposals are the retention of some existing buildings for use as high-tech facilities, the creation of a health centre for GPs, a supermarket and petrol station, warehousing and manufacturing developments, and an 80-bedroom hotel and restaurant.

Sanofi is also proposing the transfer of some 50 acres of the site’s green belt land to a community trust.

The plans will be on show at East London Expo 2012, organised by Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce, on 10 October at the May & Baker Social Club on Sanofi’s sports ground in Dagenham.

Mark Bass, Sanofi’s land development and partnership leader, said the firm intended to leave a positive legacy of trying to attract new businesses and new jobs for the site.

“Although the plant is closing next year we remain strongly committed to supporting community activities, and the East London Expo event is a prime example of our continual commitment to supporting local initiatives,” he said.

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