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Heathrow hub in Rainham could create thousands of jobs

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 June 2018

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

Liam Coleman

The council launched its bid yesterday to create a construction site in Rainham for the Heathrow Airport expansion.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council. Photo: Havering Council.Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council. Photo: Havering Council.

Former Havering council leader has said that if the bid to create a construction site in Rainham for the Heathrow Airport expansion is successfull it could create thousands of jobs for the area.

The council launched its bid yesterday (Wednesday, June 20) and Councillor Roger Ramsey has said it is hoping to create a “lasting legacy” for the borough.

Speaking to the Recorder he said that hundreds of people could be employed at the hub, but that over a number of years it could create thousands of jobs in both Havering and Dagenham.

He emphasised the transport links - rail, freight, river and road - that are already in place around the Beach Ream site, and said that it is the perfect place for Heathrow to build one of its hubs.

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

Plans have also been submitted to build 2,900 homes at Beam Park and Cllr Ramsey said that if the hub was built it could potentially offer jobs to those living in the new houses.

He said: “It is somewhere we are hoping to develop, and by having work opportunities on their doorstep I think it would attract alot of people to the area.”

Other positives of the site include the close-by Havering College Construction Infrastructure Skills and Innovation Centre, where if created the hub would be the perfect opportunity for hundreds of recently graduated students.

The proposed hub would be created on a 24 acre site that was formerly a Ford garage.

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

There are already 70 transport and logistics companies in the park, which are based alongside a growing engineering sector presence and construction industry training resources.

If Heathrow gets the green light for expansion, it wants to establish four logistics hubs for the off-site construction of the expanded airport – and Havering Council is hoping that Beam Reach can be one of them.

A delegation from Heathrow Airport visited SEGRO Park Rainham Phase 3 yesterday as part of a nationwide tour of 65 sites, still in the running to be potential construction centres.

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