Willmott Dixon’s private rental body, be:Here, is to build 650 homes at the Abbey Retail Park in Barking.
The proposals are currently subject to planning consent – be:here is in early discussions with the council, and is waiting to agree a submission date for the application to be heard by a committee in January or February 2016.
Designed to attract young professionals, the homes will consist of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, each with their own balcony. There may also be a residents’ roof terrace.
The scheme will also have an onsite property management team; securely managed communal spaces and extra storage units for hire by residents. There will in addition be cycle storage, and be:here is currently working with the council to bring forward a cycle hub to support residents. There will be an element of on-site car parking and provision for electric charging points.
Commercial uses for residents currently being explored include a coffee shop or juice bar.
be:here is working with the council to exhibit large heritage artefacts in an exhibition space linked with the historic abbey.
Work is expected to start on site in early 2016, with a view to renting the first homes.
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