Demolition work has started on the former Ford Stamping Plant site in Dagenham, where more than 2,500 homes are to be built.
The 17-ha site, operated by the Ford Motor Company for 90 years until 2013, is part of the London Riverside Opportunity Area in Dagenham: it has been earmarked by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a key location for homes, jobs, infrastructure and growth.
Dagenham Dock – a joint venture between St Congar and Europa Capital Partners – acquired the plant off Thames Avenue at the end of May 2016 and started work at the end of September.
The developers plan to create a mixed-use, residential-led scheme comprising 2,650 homes. They said the scheme should serve as a catalyst for the opportunity area and integrate with the neighbouring Beam Park development.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, toured the site with Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, on 16 September.
The councillor welcomed the transformation of a “derelict site, which once epitomised post industrial decline”.
He said: “The Stamping Plant was a huge employer for generations, so we’re delighted that this new development will put into production thousands of new homes and jobs and hopefully a museum dedicated to the East London’s rich industrial heritage too.”
Steve Taylor, director at St Congar, spoke of the site as “one of the most exciting growth opportunity areas in London”.
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