Appointments spur on new housing

By Natalie Vincent - Wed 27 June 2018, 11:50 am

Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council's wholly owned regeneration company, has appointed contractors and architects to take on two housing projects as part of its development programme.

Chosen contractor Jerram Falkus, and architect Pollard Thomas Edwards are set to deliver 90 flats on the site of Sebastian Court in Barking. These will feature three separate mansion blocks, with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rented homes.

The development, to be set in landscaped grounds, will include a central play area and a green tree-lined frontage to Upney Lane.

Director of Jerram Falkus, Simon Birnie, said: "Barking and Dagenham is a key client of ours and we look forward to working with Be First and our consultant team to successfully deliver this flagship project. It is an exciting opportunity to provide well-designed, new affordable homes that are highly sustainable for this landmark site".

Architect Bell Phillips was chosen to deliver homes in Church Street, Dagenham, on a site that has been partially empty since the 1990s. Its initial proposal features new town houses and flats arranged around a courtyard, with a tree-lined frontage adjoining the street.

Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: "I'm excited to be able to make these appointments, particularly because each of these radically different plans places a similar emphasis on top notch design and practicality at the same time.  Working with architects like these, who understand the borough, we can be certain of building high quality, affordable homes for local people."

The practices will now develop their proposals with the local community, with an aim to start work at the sites in 2019.

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