An award-winning construction company has been appointed to build a flagship project at the heart of Barking town centre.
Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, Be First, made the announcement that McLaren Construction will work on 169 affordable and shared ownership homes on a former local authority car park at Linton Road, found close to Barking train station.
The Linton Road scheme forms the first of a two-part development including a separate contract for the demolition of Crown House, which is a 1960s office block where new flats will be created in high-rise buildings.
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: “The contract forms a vital part of our plans to build affordable homes and rejuvenate a neglected part of Barking town centre. It’s a huge project, so we are delighted to have the expertise and know-how that McLaren Construction brings to help us deliver it.”
McLaren Construction was among seven companies selected earlier this year to join Be First’s £1bn Construction Framework to deliver thousands of affordable homes in the borough.
Darren Gill, managing director – London at McLaren Construction, said: “We’re delighted to secure this important project following our appointment on the Be First framework. We recognise that the Crown House development is an important step in regenerating this part of the Barking Town Centre and are looking forward to delivering it.”
The planning application for the Linton Road-Crown House development was approved in March. Work is due to begin in early 2020, with an expected completion date of 2022.
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