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Beam Park

Beam Park in the driving seat as former Ford factory site receives planning consent

Countryside, one of the UK’s leading home builders specialising in place making and regeneration, together with L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and one of London’s largest developers, have formally received planning consent for the 3,000-home Beam Park regeneration site in East London, following the signing of the Section 106 Agreement. With 3,000 homes across 29 hectares (71.7 acres), Beam Park was the second largest housing scheme in UK to gain planning approval in 2018.

Preparatory works on the site are now underway before construction can begin, which will transform the derelict site of a former Ford manufacturing plant into a new and vibrant destination. The development is one of only three regeneration schemes in London delivering 3,000 homes and providing 50% affordable housing. At Beam Park, this equates to 1,513 affordable homes, creating a mixed community with significant infrastructure investment.

Construction will commence this spring and sales of the new homes are due to launch later this year, with the first homes ready in 2020. Phase one of the development, providing 640 new homes, is due to be completed by 2022.

When the masterplan is complete in 2030, Beam Park will provide a new railway station, framed by a high-quality public square, as well as a medical centre, which not only serves the new residents, but also up to 7,000 people in the surrounding area. In addition, two schools, retail spaces, a gym, nursery, community facilities, a multi-faith space, and two energy centres will also be delivered. The Beam Park station is located on the C2C line and will significantly enhance the area’s direct links into Central London.

44% of the development has been allocated for publicly accessible green space, including a three-hectare central park in the heart of the development with the River Beam running through it.

The masterplan for Beam Park was produced by award-winning architects Patel Taylor.

Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director, Partnerships South (East), Countryside, said:

“Together with our partners L&Q and the Mayor of London, we are delighted to have received the green light for our transformational plans at Beam Park, which celebrate the rich history of the renowned Ford factory plant and help regenerate this part of the capital. Our firm commitment to delivering 50% affordable housing will make a huge contribution to meeting local housing needs.

“Having consulted with the local community from day one, we were encouraged by the vast responses and their co-operation of the local community, who were extremely supportive of our proposals. The Mayor of London’s commitment to providing new homes for Londoners has been unwavering and Beam Park is playing a key role in delivering not just affordable homes but also vital infrastructure. This will play a vital role in ensuring the new Beam Park community, proud of its local heritage, is sustainable and cohesive for generations to come.

“We are currently preparing the site to ensure our work delivers according to the prescribed schedule. With sales for the new homes launching this year, it is envisaged that the first homes will be completed towards the end of the year and the full development to be finished by 2030.”

Andy Rowland, Managing Director for East Region at L&Q, commented:

“We welcome this milestone, which brings our plans for Beam Park one step closer to reality. The redevelopment of this site, which will provide 50% affordable housing, will make a substantial contribution towards London’s housing needs.

“L&Q’s vision is that everyone has a quality home that they can afford. We look forward to working closely with our partners to create a successful new community with benefits for new and existing residents.”

Andrew Taylor, Director at Patel Taylor, commented: “Beam Park will give residents a strong sense of place and connectivity, wherever they are within the neighbourhood. We have designed a series of distinct brick-and-mortar architectural typologies along typical London streets that respond to a variety of landscape settings to create a townscape that reflects the rhythm and diversity of East London.

“Working with Countryside and L&Q, we are shaping a resilient, green and magnificent neighbourhood on a very complex site – linked to the rest of London and imbued with its own unique character.”

About Countryside

Countryside is a leading UK developer specialising in building communities, not just houses.

With over 60 years’ experience, we continue to make a positive impact with regeneration schemes in London, the South East, the North of England and the Midlands, often partnering with local authorities and housing associations.

Our Millgate brand creates homes with exceptional standards of craftmanship around London and the South East.

In 2016, Countryside was listed on the London Stock Exchange and our robust balance sheet enables us to continue investing in our systems and people and to support our growth plans.

For the year ended 30 September 2018, we completed 4,295 homes with revenues of £1,229.5m. In April 2018 Countryside expanded its Midlands region with the acquisition of Westleigh Group Ltd, which delivered 1,159 homes of which 92% affordable for year ended 31st March 2018.

For more information see www.countrysideproperties.com or follow @CountrysideProp on Twitter.

About L&Q

L&Q is one of the UK’s leading housing associations and one of London’s largest developers. The L&Q Group manages more than 90,000 homes across London and the South East. It combines its commercial drive and social purpose to create homes and neighbourhoods it can be proud of.

We have an ambitious plan to enable the delivery of 100,000 quality new homes. Half of the new homes we build will be genuinely affordable to people on average and lower incomes, reflecting our belief that everyone should have a quality home they can afford. The other half will be for private rent or sale. We invest all profits back into creating homes and neighbourhoods we can be proud of.

As a charitable housing association, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work, and we hope to build aspiration, opportunity, and confidence among our residents through our £250m L&Q Foundation and our skills academy.

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.

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