Developer picked for notorious Dagenham estate

Countryside Properties has been selected as the preferred developer to replace three Dagenham tower blocks with family houses and low rise flats.

The Goresbrook Village estate (© Amanda Vincent-Rous)
The Goresbrook Village estate (© Amanda Vincent-Rous)

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham has chosen the developer to replace 282 predominantly social homes on the Goresbrook Village estate with 98 council homes and 51 homes for private sale.

Almost three-quarters of the new homes will be three and four bedroom family houses, with the remainder being two bed flats in "low rise" buildings, according to the council. It added that 14 of the homes will be designed for wheelchair use, and that the development will include a shop.

The blocks came to prominence in 2010, when former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten spent a week there for Channel 4’s Tower Block of Commons series. The series highlighted the poor condition of the 1960s estate.

The council said that it has been gradually moving residents out of the three tower blocks, which are due to be demolished early next year. Completion of the homes is expected around March 2013, it said.

Countryside Properties new business director Michael Hill said that the company intends to submit a planning application in October.

The Countryside Properties scheme has been designed by Stitch Architects & Urban Designers and Mae Architects.

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