Affordable, sustainably heated, new homes coming to Dagenham

Be First, the successful regeneration arm of Barking and Dagenham Council, and developer Hollybrook Limited, are bringing 149 new, sustainably heated, homes to the borough as they start work on a £36.5m development on a former office block site, located south of New Road in Dagenham.

The council-owned Transport House site, formerly home to Unite trade union, and the car park next to it, will now be transformed into brand new homes for residents, with undercroft parking also provided for the Premier Inn, next door.

These new flats will all be heated by air source heat pumps which mean they will be more efficient and cheaper to heat and reduce the development’s carbon footprint when the homes are in use. Air source heat pumps in a residential setting use up to 20% less CO2e than gas boilers and up to 70% less than electric systems.

To celebrate the start of building work on the ‘turnkey’ development, the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell joined Daniel Brooks, Development Manager, from Be First and Kevin Parsons, Director of Hollybrook Ltd, on site.

The new development uses both public and private land to maximise housing delivery across the site. The ‘turnkey’ agreement means that once Hollybrook completes construction, the council will take ownership of 149 homes, consisting of one, two, three and four bed homes, with 31 at London Affordable rent, 47 at Affordable rent and 71 at private rent.

The new homes, which will be bult using full Modern Methods of Construction,  support Be First’s mission to deliver environmentally friendly homes that will be fit for residents and communities now and in future, as well as the council’s work towards reaching Net Zero.

This is the second collaboration between Be First and Hollybrook, having successfully delivered Chequers Lane development, last year in Dagenham.