In January, Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, with other swimming stars, opened a new 50m Olympic-length pool at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, the only full-length pool in the borough and one of only six in London.
Construction of the £2 million project is a world-first. Modular in form and lined with steel, the pool is built above ground level, making installation faster and more cost-effective. It will be heated by a new energy centre, managed by the council’s own district energy company, B&D Energy, which will also supply low-carbon heat to new homes in the area through its district heating network.
Large-scale pieces of artwork around the sides of the pool are by local students from Marks Gate School, who won a competition to get involved.
Thirteen new council homes at Sugden Way in Barking were delivered and lifted into place in the space of just seven days.
Eagle-eyed excavators discovered a piece of Barking’s history in the shape of a 100-year-old R. White’s bottle, unearthed as they laid the…
Dagenham’s newest addition to its selection of hotels opened for business on a site near the much-anticipated Dagenham film studios.