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Lights, camera, action! Spotlight on Dagenham’s success story

At the heart of regeneration is change – something the borough of Barking and Dagenham has seen a lot of in recent years.

At the heart of regeneration is change – something the borough of Barking and Dagenham has seen a lot of in recent years.

Change happens here at pace with a steady flow of regeneration schemes delivering new high-quality, affordable homes alongside a host of commercial initiatives creating new jobs and opportunities for the borough.

New film studios…

Plans are underway to open a world-class film studio in Dagenham East, supporting the long-term success of the UK’s film and TV production industries. The studios are expected to pump £35 million a year back into the UK economy.

New hotel and restaurant…

Just a stone’s throw away from the studio will be a brand new 78-room Travelodge hotel. The £7 million deal, agreed by Be First – the council’s pioneering wholly owned regeneration company – will create more jobs for local people with plans including a restaurant and café.

New data centre…

Meanwhile, the borough’s drive to become a centre for digital and media industries has been boosted by plans to build the UK’s largest data centre on a former industrial site in Dagenham East. These critical additions will support East London’s emerging technological industries.

New places to learn…

In addition, CU London opened its doors in 2017 in this part of the borough, bringing the UK’s highest ranked modern university to Dagenham. So far, 50 percent of students are local, perfectly illustrating residents are seizing opportunities on their doorstep. Our excellent Barking and Dagenham College is also just down the road.

New commercial developments…

In Dagenham East, we are embracing a range of a commercial developments while providing the next generation with a chance to be part of a better future.  With plans to develop thousands of homes over the coming years, we’re building a community that works for everyone.

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