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Havering Council decides preferred bidder for ‘exciting and ambitious’ council estate regeneration project

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 January 2018

Romford Town centre. Havering Town Hall

Romford Town centre. Havering Town Hall

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Havering Council has appointed a preferred bidder to deliver new regeneration projects aimed at rejuvenating the borough’s housing stock.

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday night, members agreed to award preferred bidder status for a joint venture partnership that will see 12 council estates regenerated over the next 12 years, providing a total of 3,000 homes.

The name of the successful partner, which was chosen as preferred bidder from a shortlist of three, will be announced once the contractual arrangements have been finalised and the legal process completed. This is expected to be in early March.

Starting with Waterloo Road Estate in Romford, Napier and New Plymouth Houses in Rainham and a sheltered housing scheme in South Hornchurch, existing blocks will be replaced with modernised, quality housing.

Work will then begin on other sites in Hornchurch, Gidea Park, Harold Hill, Rainham and Cranham.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, leader of Havering Council, said: “This is the most exciting and ambitious Council home building programme in the country and I’m confident the preferred development partner will be able to help us to deliver our future vision for the borough.

“The estate regeneration project along with the arrival of Crossrail has literally put Havering on the map.

“This, together with plans for the two dedicated housing zones, previously approved by Cabinet, means developers, businesses and people moving to the borough all want to be a part of a future Havering.”

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