Beam Park is planned to provide 3,000 homes on the formerly derelict Ford site in Rainham, East London, which had stood empty for 15 years. The Greater London Authority-owned, 31-hectare site stretches across two London boroughs: Barking and Dagenham and Havering. Being delivered through a 50/50 joint venture between housing providers Countryside and L&Q, the scheme is due to include 50 per cent affordable homes, ranging from studios to four-bedroom townhouses. The homes are intended to be serviced by a new railway station, two primary schools and retail and community facilities. Public open spaces have reintroduced ecology to the site and, alongside a network of swales and buffer planting, are designed to mitigate flood risk. The judges praised the scheme’s potential social, economic and environmental benefits for the area.
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