The Abbey Road development at the River Roding in Barking is beginning to take shape, with building work complete on the creative square and the first residents moving into homes at the site.
Four new blocks have been built in proximity to The Malthouse and The Granary – buildings originating from the late nineteenth century, which form a Creative Industries Quarter for businesses.
The deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and cabinet member for housing, Councillor Saima Ashraf welcomed new tenants to 134 homes at the site, which have been let to people on the council’s waiting list.
She said: “In the last two years we have built 805 homes with another 830 due by the end of April 2016. Here in Barking and Dagenham, we are proud of our ambition and the innovative approaches we have adopted to provide housing for our residents.
“It’s great to see these fantastic new homes, the design of which echoes the borough’s rich heritage, being occupied by local families. I’m very pleased to see people from our housing waiting list moving in to them. This development will provide a lasting legacy.”
The project was led by Bouygues Development. At the launch of the scheme, Nicolas Guérin, managing director of Bouygues Development, said: “Bouygues Development is very pleased to see the first phase of this exciting scheme come to fruition. This development reflects the strong and trusting relationship between Barking and Dagenham, the Greater London Authority and Bouygues Development.
"We have a long and successful tradition of partnering with local authorities to provide schemes that serve communities and meet their housing needs. This new riverside quarter will offer new places to live, work and create, whilst respecting the environment and the historical and artistic heritage of the area."
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