A ceremonial brick-laying event has taken place at the Eastern end of Thames View scheme in Barking to celebrate the development "topping out" – referring to the completion of the highest point of construction at the site, one of Barking and Dagenham's largest housing developments.
Those present at the ceremony included Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, councillor Phil Waker, cabinet member for housing and councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration.
Leigh-Anne Smith (above), an apprentice at building contractors for the project, City Brickworks, laid the "ceremonial brick".
Cllr Waker said: "The progress here at Thames View East is great to see. It only seems like yesterday that we were here for the ground breaking ceremony and looking at a huge expanse of empty ground.
"Within a few months we'll be seeing the first Barking and Dagenham Reside tenants moving into their new homes. We are creating a growing reputation for building new homes in this borough, and these 477 Reside properties are an important part of that."
Thames View will provide 276 new affordable homes to the community, one of two Barking and Dagenham Reside sites, the other of which is the William Street Quarter in Barking, which will provide a further 201 homes.
The developments are being delivered in a tripartite deal between investment firm Long Harbour acting as financier, Laing O’Rourke as building contractor and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham developing the homes through its Local Education Partnership (LEP).
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