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Building begins on 900 new homes along River Roding

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2018

Groundbreaking ceremony at Fresh Wharf, Barking. Picture: S. Saunders/Digital Nation Photography

Groundbreaking ceremony at Fresh Wharf, Barking. Picture: S. Saunders/Digital Nation Photography

S. Saunders/Digital Nation Photography

A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work on more than 900 new homes has been held in Barking.

About 10 acres of former brownfield industrial land along the River Roding will be turned into a £346million development complete with shops, cafes and parks.

Demolition commenced in February with the first batch of 532 homes expected to be completed by autumn 2020. The entire development, called Fresh Wharf, is scheduled for completion in 2026.

Council leader Darren Rodwell and Cllr Saima Ashraf, deputy leader, were joined by representatives from developers Countryside and Notting Hill Genesis at the ceremony.

“The River Roding is one of east London’s unsung waterways,” said Cllr Rodwell.

“This new development will help us revitalise the river and create one of London’s most vibrant waterside communities.”

Robert Wilkinson of Countryside called the event “an important step forward” for the site.

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