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Success for Beam Park at the Planning Awards 2020

Beam Park, the £1bn regeneration scheme in Rainham, Essex that is being delivered by Countryside and L&Q, has been recognised in two categories in the Planning Awards 2020. The development won the ‘Best Use of Publicly-Owned Land’ category and was Highly Commended for ‘Planning Permission of the Year’.

Revealed in an online awards ceremony on 8th and 9th September, this win is testament to the high quality of the design at Beam Park. The Planning Awards, which incorporate the Placemaking Awards and the Regeneration & Renewal Awards, reward excellence in professional planning work. They also recognise related activity such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice, environmental consulting and property development.

Through a masterplan designed by architects Patel Taylor, Beam Park is transforming a former Ford manufacturing plant into a new and vibrant destination spanning 29-hectares and comprising 3,000 new homes, of which 50% will be affordable. In addition, the site will have extensive facilities including a proposed new c2c railway station, two schools, retail spaces, a gym, a nursery, a multi-faith centre and two state-of-the-art energy centres. 44% of the development has been allocated for publicly accessible green space, which includes a three-hectare central park in the heart of the development with the River Beam running through it.

The project is a significant collaboration between public and private sector bodies to accelerate housing delivery for two London boroughs; the GLA-owned site stretches across Barking and Dagenham to the west and Havering to the east. Beam Park will be an inclusive neighbourhood that reflects the rhythm and diversity of East London on a large, highly constrained and complex site.

We’re delighted that the high quality and meticulous design of the Beam Park masterplan has been recognised at the Planning Awards, and we can’t wait to build on this momentum when the first residents move into the development later this year.

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