Rainham innovation park launched by developers Segro as part of multi-million regeneration plan
PUBLISHED: 11:39 02 November 2016
Chloe Farand for Archant
State-of-the-art technology was used to reveal how a new innovation village will regenerate a run-down industrial site at a ground breaking ceremony yesterday.
Segro plc, one of Europe’s largest industrial property company, celebrated the launch of the Segro Park Rainham development, which will see 333,948 sq ft of modern industrial development in the south of the borough.
This comes a year after the Greater London Authority (GLA) signed a multi-million pound deal with Segro to redevelop 86 acres of brownfield land across Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Newham boroughs over 10 years.
An interactive igloo was set up, displaying a panoramic virtual tour of the innovation village and “bringing the plans alive” in the words of Havering Council leader Cllr Roger Ramsay.
Cllr Ramsay said he was delighted the plans were going ahead after years of planning.
“The scale and flexibility of units will create opportunities for our businesses to expand and grow and to attract new inward investment into the borough,” he said.
“We envisage that this will be the beginning of a wave of new development which will see this strategic industrial location expand and grow to better serve Havering.”
Formerly known as Beam Reach 5, the site, which could be ready for businesses to move in as early as September nex year, aims to attract a variety of businesses, from 42 start-ups in its enterprise quarter to large businesses in need of space in 100,000 sq ft facilities.
Addressing the audience of business leaders and council officials, Segro CEO David Sleath said: “The space that we create is at the forefront of drug discovery and medical technology, data centre to store and process billions of gigabits of information and it supports high tech manufacturers that produce leading consumer products.
“These are the kind of businesses that we want to attract here to Segro Park Rainham.”
But Cllr Ramsay also pointed out transport links to the site, off Consul Avenue, Rainham, had to be improved as only one bus serves the area, and the new Beam Park station promised as part of the Rainham and Beam Park housing zone has been “disappointedly” delayed until 2020.
Faster broadband also must be brought to the area and Cllr Ramsay called on Segro to assist the council in making this happen.
Segro Park Rainham could become the workplace of about 1,000 employees.
To ensure local people benefit from these job creations, the developers have set up a dedicated job service with Havering Council for businesses to recruit from a local pool.
Pupils in primary and secondary schools are also being helped to develop the skills needed to match these new jobs.
The Gateway to Skills project was also launched yesterday at the CEME centre, Rainham, to promote science, technology engineering and maths.
Eight grassroots projects to support people into professional training across Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Newham have also benefited from a community fund set up by Segro.
GLA executive director for land and housing David Lunts praised the “creative solutions” proposed by Segro which bring “confidence for the future of the area” after the land was left vacant for so long.
“This is almost the only part of London which has the land available to build not only projects for economic growths but also good quality housing,” he said.
“The re-emerging of this part of east London is the most exciting story going on at the moment.”