Havering is ready to listen and do business - this was the overriding message at the Havering magazine launch today (22 May) to over 130 delegates made up of developers, investors, and architects.
The borough’s top representatives, including council leader Damian White, chief executive Andrew Blake-Herbert and Neil Stubbings, Havering’s director of regeneration, said the council wants to work with companies who will help shape the borough’s future.
Those also speaking at the launch of the magazine, produced by 3Fox International and held at The Brewery, Romford, included the councils three joint venture partners: Wates, First Base, and Notting Hill Genesis.
The three JV partners were appointed over an 18-month period to work on more than £3 billion of regeneration schemes throughout the borough.
Opening the welcome speeches, White said: “I am very clear as leader, I want Havering and Romford to be open for business… we want an evolution [in the borough], not a revolution.”
Blake-Herbert said there was an opportunity to “look at regeneration and development, and how we drive that forward. For us as a local authority, we have a role as place shapers. And we will work with public and private sector partners to deliver that.”
Kate Ives, development director for Wates Residential who sponsored the event, said the firm was pleased to be working with the council in delivering 5,000 homes, 40% of which are affordable. She said: “We want to deliver positive growth across the borough.”
Elliott Lipton, managing director of First Base, which along with Savills Investment Management, will develop the Bridge Close site in Romford town centre. Lipton said Havering was a council committed to creating a successful place. “If we are all focused on the same output then we will be successful.”
Andrew Kitching from architect firm Maccreanor Lavington, and Catherine Greig, of design company make make:good), which are involved in the Romford Masterplan spoke about the importance of working with the public and the council in drawing up the plan.
Notting Hill Genesis is developing 700 new homes in Rainham Beam Park. John Hughes, group director of development for the company, said: “Havering is a unique opportunity as is how Havering Council wants to work with the wider development sector.
“The joint venture working approach of the council, and what Havering presents, adds up to a fantastic environment.”
Amjad Agil, partnership development manager at HAVERING partners SEGRO, highlighted the development happening in the industrial park, SEGRO Park Rainham, the second phase of which is due to start in the summer.
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