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Royal Docks launch for brownfield redevelopment plans

PUBLISHED: 15:34 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:34 02 March 2016

Artist's impression of a detached unit

Artist's impression of a detached unit

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A decade-long project with the potential to create up to 7,000 jobs in east London launched at the Royal Docks this morning.

East Plus aims to regenerate 86 acres of brownfield land across the boroughs of Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Havering, delivering 1.4million sq ft of industrial space along the A13 corridor.

The project is a partnership between the Greater London Authority, which owns the land, and London-based industrial development company Segro.

Speaking at the launch event at the Crystal, Andy Gulliford, Segro’s chief operating officer, said: “We’ve been very active on the west side of London and we see the opportunity of the east side and the A13 corridor as a real growth opportunity for London.

“We’ve got 10 years but I’d like to think we’ll go much quicker than that.”

A consultation on the first site to be developed, Beam Reach 5 in Rainham, is set to begin tomorrow and has a target completion date of July 2017.

The second project, Jenkins Lane, is on a patch of land opposite the recycling centre. Work on that is due to start next year and will include 165,000 sq ft of industrial space.

The biggest of the five is the London Sustainable Industries Park, situated close to Dagenham Dock station.

It is scheduled to start being redeveloped in 2019 and will result in 2,100 jobs created across 405,000 sq ft of units for green companies – including a hotel and a car showroom.

Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor of London for housing, land and property said: “It’s absolutely critical that we regenerate east London with not just a strong housing offer but a strong job offer.

“The creation of almost 7,000 jobs on that currently under-utilised space is transformative for east London’s economy and will bring huge opportunities for people living within the area.

“Clearly one of the visions as part of the Olympic legacy is that we strengthen east London’s economy.”

In addition to developing the land, Segro will be working in partnership with the Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) to fund 1,000 students from across the three boroughs to participate in a gateway to skills project.

Mr Gulliford added: “We are proud to have the opportunity to bring to life parts of east London and deliver benefits of employment, training and funding to local communities.”

Further details on training and employment opportunities will be announced in due course.


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