Willmott Dixon has secured a £40m contract to deliver Block J, the latest phase of Gascoigne estate’s regeneration in Barking
Appointed by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm, the latest phase of Gascoigne estate’s regeneration will involve the delivery of 124 new affordable homes, made up of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments.
There will also be a communal courtyard to ensure there is green space for residents, as well as extensive cycle parking spaces.
The homes will be the first net zero carbon building to be delivered by Be First, supported by the addition of photovoltaic panels on roof spaces.
As part of this latest phase, Willmott Dixon has also been awarded a £3m demolition deal to remove the current infrastructure and prepare the ground for building work on Block J to commence in early 2022.
‘The next phase of our journey’
Tom Mather, construction director at Be First, said: “It’s great news that we are starting the next stage of our journey with Willmott Dixon on this latest stage of the Gascoigne Estate regeneration.
“Developing relationships with our framework and supply chain partners also ensures that we can leave a tangible legacy for the residents of Barking and Dagenham.”
Chris Tredget, managing director at Willmott Dixon, added: “We are delighted to be appointed to deliver Block J at Gascoigne East, starting with the necessary demolition works to enable the new 124 affordable homes to be built.
“The sustainable ethos of Block J match the green ambitions of ourselves and Barking and Dagenham Council; we both share a vision to deliver buildings and homes that are climate change resilient, conserve natural resources and minimise carbon emissions.
“Furthermore, through our ‘Now or Never’ 2030 sustainability strategy, are committed to achieve net zero carbon in operation within the next decade.”