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Gascoigne neighbourhood redevelopment reaches major milestone

A local councillor joined builders for a topping out ceremony (Credit: LBBD)

The redevelopment of Barking’s Gascoigne neighbourhood has reached a new milestone.

Councillor Saima Ashraf recently attended a topping out ceremony to mark the achievement, saying it was a “minor miracle” they were able to reach it during a pandemic.

The £56 million development, alongside Ripple Road, is expected to provide 159 affordable homes for local people. 

“With the massive challenges of Covid, Brexit and disrupted supply chains, it’s a minor miracle we’ve reached this landmark stage and I am delighted to see we’re making such good progress,” said Cllr Ashraf. 

“Right now, one in five of all the homes being built by councils in London are built for local people in Barking and Dagenham and we expect nearly 900 new homes to be completed by May 2022.”

Gascoigne neighbourhood will be one of the greenest and most sustainable places to live in London according to a spokesperson for the local council.

They claimed the CO2 emissions from energy produced by the homes will be cut by 40 per cent. There will also be an array of rooftop solar panels and 1,000 cycling parking spaces. 

The development is part of a wider plan to deliver attractive public spaces including a 5,000 square metre public park with a new climbing wall. 

Steve Kitchen, director of builders Willmott Dixon, also attended the topping out ceremony alongside Cllr Ashraf. 

He added: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the topping out of these four buildings which will soon become known as Shuckford Court, Flemming Court, Leleu Court and Mather Court.

“It will be one of London’s most sustainable places to live and, in line with Willmott Dixon’s Now or Never 2030 strategy, we’ve worked hard during construction to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.”

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