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Barking’s innovative industrial development tops out

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The steel-framed Industria development in Barking, east London, which will accommodate four-storeys of light industrial spaces, has topped out.

The project (see NSC September 2022) is said to be the first multi-storey light industrial development to be built in the UK. It is being constructed by McLaren Construction with BHC fabricating, supplying and erecting the steelwork.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Darren Rodwell, said: “Industria will be a hive of industry hosting a range of makers, shakers and creators, which will provide hundreds of jobs for local people. Industria will reach new heights in business development not only in east London but the UK.”

Industria will house tenants in flexible units arranged around a vehicle accessible multi-storey hub. The experience for visitors and neighbours will be enhanced by green walls, business lounge, lively shopfronts, and a new local café.

Paul Heather, Group Managing Director, McLaren Construction, said: “Working collaboratively with our client, Be First, our team is successfully managing rising costs in some materials on the project with fixed-priced contracts, including structural steelwork, precast concrete panels, lift shafts and stairs, composite and built-up external cladding systems for the façade and roof, helping us stay on programme and on budget to complete the scheme in February 2023.”

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