Goresbrook Village regeneration powers ahead

By Jim Dunton - Wed 11 September 2013, 4:13 pm

Demolition work on the three 16-storey tower blocks at Goresbrook Village will be complete by the end of October, paving the way for 149 new homes to be built on the site, Barking and Dagenham Council has announced.

Goresbrook Village - how the new scheme will look

The Dagenham blocks, known locally as “Legoland”, have been a prominent feature on the local skyline since the 1960s and featured in Channel 4’s 2010 Tower Block of Commons documentary.

But the deconstruction of the structures is now nearing completion, ready for developer Countryside Properties to move on site.

Countryside will build 98 council houses and 51 properties for private sale.

Almost three-quarters of the homes will be three- and four-bedroom houses, while the remainder will be two-bedroom flats in low-rise blocks.

Countryside will also build a shop as part of the development, which has been designed by Stitch Studio and Mae Architects.

Barking and Dagenham said it expected building work to start later this year with the first homes due to be ready in spring 2015.

Regeneration lead Councillor Cameron Geddes said that while Goresbrook Village had offered people good-quality housing in the past, the flats’ best days had gone.

“It’s time to build new homes in their place," he said.

Countryside deputy chairman Richard Cherry said the tower blocks’ demolition was an important milestone for the new scheme, which would provide “a new attractive place” for residents.

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