Barratt Homes moves from Stratford to avoid Olympic disruption

Housing developer Barratt Homes is to move its offices temporarily from Stratford to avoid the disruption of the Olympics.

The firm has offices just minutes away from the Olympic Park in Central House, High Street.

It fears congestion, restrictions on deliveries and overcrowding on public transport mean it will be difficult for the company to function normally.

From June 11 its 75 staff will move to CEME (Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence) in Rainham.

They will be based at the business and education park until the Paralympics end in September.

Kevin Wotherspoon, operations director of Barratt East London, said: “We were facing a serious problem with the Olympics on our doorstep.

“We decided that severe restrictions on driving and parking access, and the possible disruption to public transport, would make things too difficult for our staff and many visitors and contractors to get to and from our base.

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“We would not be able to function normally and our business would be seriously hampered.”

The firm chose CEME because of its access and facilities.

Mr Wotherspoon said: “CEME offered us a suite of offices with all the facilities to just slot our business in and keep functioning seamlessly.

“It’s a great environment there and a cost-effective answer to a serious problem.

“There’s plenty of parking space and sitting just off the A13 at Rainham it means we are still in the east London zone which we serve.”

CEME focuses on supporting the engineering, manufacturing and technology sector.

Tom Ashby, business development director of CEME, said: “We are delighted to be able to give Barratt Homes a solution to their difficulties with the Olympics and welcome them here.”

He added: “Our office facilities mean they can move here for the summer and maintain complete continuity in the way they run their business.”