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Countryside and L&Q are pleased to announce that they have been selected by the GLA to build up to 3,000 homes on the currently-derelict 29 hectare (71.7 acre) site at Beam Park in Dagenham, east London.

Countryside and L&Q chosen by GLA to develop 3,000 homes at Beam Park

Under the development agreement, 35% of the new homes at Beam Park will be mixed-tenure, with a significant proportion of shared ownership properties marketed to the local community first. A new railway station on the C2C line, a primary school, swimming pool and other community facilities are also proposed.

Countryside and L&Q were selected from a shortlist of four developers as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the Mayor of London to accelerate the delivery of housing in the capital. The two companies will now work up a planning application for submission later this year. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. Countryside’s Partnerships division will build all of the private and affordable homes on the development.

Richard Cherry, CEO of Partnerships at Countryside said: “Countryside is delighted to have been selected for this hugely important new scheme which will spearhead the regeneration of the London Riverside Opportunity Area. This agreement and other recent wins build on Countryside’s 30-year track record of delivering more than 45 regeneration projects and further strengthen our position as one of the most experienced regeneration partners in the UK. We look forward to working with L&Q, the GLA, the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, and Havering to transform Beam Park into a well-connected, sustainable place for people to live, work and socialise.”

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director, Development and Sales at L&Q commented: “Housing supply is the critical issue affecting the growth of London and the quality of life enjoyed by Londoners, so we are very excited to have been selected by the GLA as a delivery partner on such an important strategic site as Beam Park where we can do so much to meet that need. L&Q is aiming to build 50,000 new homes over the next decade and we plan to reach that goal by creating quality homes in places where people want to live. We look forward to building on our successful established partnership with Countryside to work with the GLA, the two local authorities and others to bring those quality homes to Beam Park.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP said: “This impressive site is now set to be transformed into a thriving new neighbourhood. As well as much needed new homes of every tenure, the brand new station will whisk residents into central London in record time, and the development will include mass green public space along the River Beam.”


Notes to editors

About Beam Park

Beam Park, the site of the former Ford factory plant, is the final parcel of GLA land to be released for development. Beam Park sits within the London Riverside Opportunity Area, an area earmarked to provide 26,500 new homes and up to 16,000 jobs across the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, and Havering.

A new railway station, which will open in 2020 will enable local residents to reach central London in 20 minutes. The station project has been awarded a £9m grant from TfL’s growth fund.

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