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Patel Taylor to drive former Ford factory plan

beam park ground view
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Patel Taylor has been appointed as architect for a 3,000-home development on a derelict former Ford factory site in east London.

The practice will work with developers Countryside Properties and housing association London & Quadrant Housing Trust on the 29-hectare Beam Park scheme in Dagenham.

Under current plans, more than 3,000 homes will be raised alongside a train station and other community facilities.

Some 35% of the new homes will be “affordable”. Of these, a “significant proportion” will be shared ownership which will be marketed to local residents first.

Patel Taylor aims to have completed its design for the site master plan and a planning application for the first phase of the scheme – including 258 homes –this year.

London mayor Boris Johnson said the new station would allow residents of the new homes to “whisk” into the city’s centre in “‘record time”.

He said the scheme was the final land release for development of more than 400 hectares of surplus land owned by the Greater London Authority.

The disused factory was the site for a dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and the backdrop to British film Made in Dagenham.

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