The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has chosen a developer to create a new neighbourhood on a derelict former Ford factory plant in East London.
Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd with London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) will take forward the regeneration of Beam Park to deliver over 3,000 homes, a new train station on the C2C line and community facilities on the 29 hectre site which sits alongside the River Beam.
The disused factory site was more recently used for the dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and formed the back drop to the popular British film ‘Made in Dagenham’.
Boris Johnson said:
“Four years ago this impressive site hid one of the biggest secrets ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games when it was used for opening ceremony rehearsals and 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. “
The homes set to be delivered will be mixed tenure and over 35 per cent affordable, including a significant proportion of shared ownership to be marketed at the local community first.
The new train station will be open by 2020 and will commute local residents to central London in 20 minutes.
The Beam Park redevelopment will include improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists and two energy centres delivering savings for residents.
This is the last major site to be released by the Mayor and meets his manifesto pledge to put in place a plan for all surplus City Hall developable land by the end of his term in 2016. These include four disused hospitals, a former Parcelforce depot, and a flour mill within London’s Royal Docks.