London Road development to offer new homes and jobs
PUBLISHED: 12:50 10 July 2013
»The mayor buried a time capsule on Monday during a ceremony to mark the start of work on a £45million supermarket.
Asda will be relocating from Vicarage Field Shopping Centre to a new 86,000 sq ft store in London Road, Barking.
Existing staff will transfer to the new store while an extra 150 jobs will be created.
Above the new supermarket will be 100 flats and underneath there will be 350 parking spaces for Asda and town centre shoppers.
Barking and Dagenham’s mayor, Cllr Hardial Singh Rai, officially launched the project along with representatives from the companies involved – Bouygues Development, Aviva Investors’ Lime Property Fund, Asda and Grainger.
Demolition of the London Road site, formerly mostly abandoned retail buildings, took place last year and work on the store began in December to be finished in 2015.
The London Road plans are part of a wider regeneration of Barking town centre. The council hopes to attract new businesses to the area.
Cllr Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The London Road development is a key example of the council working with the private sector to deliver growth.
“The development will create over 150 jobs with the new Asda being much larger than the existing one. It will deliver new town centre parking, jobs and housing, and will contribute to the economic growth of the borough and revitalisation of the town centre.”
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