New housing for the homeless

Wed 10 April 2019, 12:32 pm

Building work has started to create 92 flats for homeless people on a former Weighbridge site in Dagenham.

Family-owned construction company Jerram Falkus has started work at the site in Cook Road, which will feature 24 one-bedroom, 36 two-bedroom and 32 three-bedroom homes.

The properties will house families who would otherwise have to live in a hostel or other temporary accommodation either in or outside the borough. 

The council’s aim is to offer residences for homeless families to remain in the area, as well as reduce the cost of providing temporary accommodation.

The development was given planning permission in February, and Barking and Dagenham Council leader, Councillor Darren Rodwell, visited the construction site at the end of March.  

The flats will be created with modular materials and built-off-site methods and then brought back to the construction site. 

Rodwell said: “It’s good to see that work has started so soon after we gave the go-ahead to build these new homes.

“This is yet another example of our determination to make sure local families who become homeless have a roof over their heads.”

The project is part of a wider programme to build up to 150 homes for homeless people in the borough.

Tom Mather, construction director at the council’s regeneration company, Be First, also visited the site and added: “We’re not standing on ceremony at Be First. We’re cracking on with our mission to build a better borough and to deliver thousands of affordable homes for local people.” 

Ed Bartlett, project leader at Jerram Falkus, said: “We are pleased to have commenced works on the weighbridge site and it is exciting for us to deliver one of Barking and Dagenham’s first modular housing developments. 

“We look forward to working in partnership with Be First on this unique project to construct quality homes to improve the lives of local homeless people.”

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