Innovation village plans revealed on Rainham’s run-down industrial site

PUBLISHED: 16:55 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 02 March 2016

Artist impressions of a detached unit at the Beam Reach 5 development in Rainham

Artist impressions of a detached unit at the Beam Reach 5 development in Rainham


The developers of a multi-million pound scheme to regenerate run-down industrial sites in east London launched today plans for their first site in Rainham.

An aerial shot of the future developmentAn aerial shot of the future development

Segro has announced specific plans for Beam Reach 5, a 18.6 acre site between the A1306 and the A13, which is set to become an innovation village for start-ups as well as bigger working units for established businesses in need of working space.

The official launch of the development of 330,000 square feet of industrial facilities took place in Victoria Docks, east London, earlier today.

The site will be divided into three plots to offer a total of 50 business units of different sizes.

Building work will start at the site in October with the construction of 44 small and medium-sized units, which will constitute the innovation village.

On a second plot, there will be five units ranging from 15,000 to 66,000 square feet.

From September 2018, work will begin to build one detached big facility of 102,984 square feet on the third plot of land.

The developments will include photovoltaic roof panels, LED lighting and electric car charging points to meet the highest criteria of the sustainability assessment method developed by Breeam.

Planning applications will be submitted before the end of the month.

Developer Segro also revealed working with The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME), based in Rainham, to provide training to the next generation of potential employees.

The initiative will fund 1000 students from Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Newham schools to participate in CEME’s Gateway to Skills project, which will be launched in the next couple of months.

Segro’s chief operations officer Andy Gulliford, said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to bring to life parts of east London and deliver benefits of employment, training and funding to the local communities. We are especially keen to share our plans for the first development, Beam Reach 5.”

The 10-year plan was signed last October between Segro and the Greater London Authority (GLA), who previously owned the land.

The consultation for Beam Reach 5 will start on Thursday at CEME, Marsh Way, Rainham and is open to the public.

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