Be First launches development structure

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 12 June 2018, 5:12 pm

Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council's wholly owned urban regeneration company, has put a £1 billion development framework in place to accelerate growth in the borough over the next four years.

With more than 44 projects in the pipeline, the framework is designed to speed up the procurement process, raise quality standards and reduce costs. The projects include Barking's 'mini-Manhattan' project for the town centre, the next phase of the Gascoigne estate renewal – estimated at £100 million – and the £50 million redevelopment of Crown House.

Be First’s commercial director, Iain Ferguson, said: "We're in a hurry to build new homes for Barking and Dagenham residents, and we're determined to build top quality communities and generate social benefits at the same time.

"We want to work with contractors who share our aims and are prepared to work constructively with us throughout this huge project."

The framework will be arranged in two lots; the first will be for smaller schemes with a value up to £20 million and the second for those of £10 million upwards. Applications are open until 9 July and appointments to the framework are expected to be made by the end of October 2018.

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