Countryside secures approval for £1bn Beam Park regeneration scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 2 Oct 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based home builder Countryside Properties, along with housing association L&Q, and land owner and partner GLA, has secured planning application from Deputy Mayor of London Jules Pipe for the £1bn development at Beam Park in East London.

Beam Park will deliver more than 3,000 homes across 29 hectares (71.7 acres), regenerating the derelict site of a former Ford manufacturing plant into a new destination.

The Beam Park development is one of only three regeneration schemes in the capital delivering more than 2,500 homes and providing 50% affordable housing.

At Beam Park, this represents 1,513 affordable homes, creating a mixed community with significant infrastructure investment.

A new railway station, framed by a public square, as well as a medical centre, will be constructed as part of the development.

Two schools, retail spaces, a gym, nursery, community facilities, a multi-faith space, and two energy centres will also be delivered as part of the project.

The Beam Park station, located on the C2C line, will improve the area’s direct links into Central London.

Nearly 44% of the development has been allocated for green space, which includes a three-hectare park in the heart of the development with the River Beam running through it.

Furthermore, Phase 1 will deliver a linear park to the north of the site, which will include play areas for children.

Architects Patel Taylor, which has designed residential, mixed-use and workplace developments, has developed the masterplan for Beam Park.

Patel Taylor’s plans for Beam Park have been featured in the New London Architecture (NLA) insight study and exhibition ‘London’s Towns: Shaping the polycentric city’.

Countryside Partnerships South managing director of the East London division Robert Wilkinson said: “Beam Park is an essential component of the Mayor’s commitment to providing new homes for Londoners and we are proud to be playing a key role in delivering not just affordable homes but also vital infrastructure, which will play a vital role in ensuring the new Beam Park community is sustainable and cohesive for generations to come.”

L&Qmanaging director for East Region Andy Rowland said: “This milestone brings Beam Park a step closer to reality. Housing supply is a serious concern for many Londoners, and with 50% affordable housing, Beam Park is helping to contribute to the solution.”

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Image: Beam Park in East London. Photo: Courtesy of Countryside Properties PLC.

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