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Work resumes to build 95 affordable homes in Barking

An artists impression of how the new Sebastian Court site will look (credit: Be First)

Construction of 95 affordable homes on the site of a former 1960s estate in Barking is now back up to full speed. 

The local council’s regeneration company, Be First, is developing three tower blocks on the Sebastian Court site in Upney Lane.

It will provide around 30 more homes than the previous estate which was in a state of poor repair for a number of years before being demolished in April. 

“It’s great to see building work gathering pace,” said leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell. 

“The old Sebastian Court was a blight on the Barking and Dagenham landscape.

Cllr Darren Rodwell visited the site on Thursday, 25 June (credit: Be First)

“The new development will be a landmark to be proud of in our drive to build top quality affordable homes for local people.”

Construction company, Jerram Falkus, demolished the original Sebastian Court in April and around 98 per cent of the debris was recycled.

They also helped construct a new electrical substation and commenced piling for the new residential blocks. 

Iain Ferguson, Commercial Director at Be First, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic underlined to everyone just how important it is to have a comfortable home of your own.

“So, we’re delighted that our contractors have managed to keep the redevelopment of Sebastian Court moving in spite of lockdown. It means we remain on track to deliver top quality affordable new homes for local people.”

The original Sebastian Court (credit: Be First)

William Jerram, of Jerram Falkus, said: “I would like to thank our workforce for their continued efforts in managing this project to the highest standards, during these unprecedented and difficult times.

“We are proud of the way Sebastian Court is progressing and are pleased that our valued clients are satisfied that we are on track to delivering new homes for the borough.”

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