Construction has started for a new Build to Rent development, independent cinema, affordable housing and a new facility for older people. The development by Lindhill Properties will replace the former Abbey Sports Centre in Axe Street in Barking.
“Lindhill are very proud and excited that the redevelopment of the former sports centre has commenced. It will provide much needed high-quality residential properties and become a new destination development that the people of Barking can enjoy.”Lee Fitzpatrick Managing Director, Lindhill Properties
The development will include 170 Build to Rent homes – a mix of one, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with 60 apartments available at affordable rent.
“This is a fantastic new development for the local community and with the independent cinema, it will make a big contribution to making Barking a thriving town centre.”David Harley, Head of Regeneration at Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm
The development has been funded by Aberdeen Standard Investments and is expected to be completed by June 2022.
“We are delighted the Build to Rent development has commenced and look forward to providing both private and affordable rental accommodation to residents in 2022.”Robert McDonnell, Residential Fund Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments
The two-screen independent cinema will also include a creative workshop space – which will be managed by Arthouse Crouch End. This will be Arthouse Crouch End’s second venue, with the first in a leafy suburb in North London.
“We want to create a cinema for all in our community, which inspires creativity and local engagement, celebrates Barking and Dagenham’s industrious past and looks forward in hope to its creative future.”Sam Neophytou, Arthouse Crouch End