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'Buy British' policy adopted | BUILDING MAGAZINE

‘Buy British’ policy adopted

On what is being called one of the biggest regeneration projects in London, a ‘buy British’ policy has been adopted.

Havering Council and Wates Residential have marked the beginning of construction on the first site of their £1.5bn Twelve Estates regeneration programme.

Expected to double the amount of council rented accommodation and more than double the number of affordable homes over the next 15 years building around 3,500 new homes.

Demolition work at the first site, Napier and New Plymouth House in Rainham, was completed in February. Site work has now started on construction of 197 flats in blocks of up to 10 storeys. All residents moved off the site to enable the project have been guaranteed the right to return to the new properties.

Wates has also agreed that, wherever possible, it will only use products made in Britain for this project.

Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White, said: “I am proud to be working with Wates Residential, as a partner who share this council’s ambition to buy British and help this country on our journey to recovery from Covid-19 and grasp all opportunities in a post-Brexit world”.