LB BARKING & DAGENHAM 'BE FIRST' COMPANY SET-UP

LB Barking & Dagenham's big plans for regeneration via the commercial route

Transforming

Key facts

  • Developed protfolio management systems

  • Be First now has 400 hectares of land

  • Set to deliver 50,000 jobs

  • 20,000 new homes

Testimonials

“We recruited Inner Circle because they have a breadth of experience in Regeneration and expertise in getting a work programme together. They were very responsive and knowledgeable and a great fit for us. They are on the same wavelength as us and understand the challenges of delivery change within the public sector.”

 

John Gregson, Be First Programme Manager

Project Objective 

 

To create a new, independent company with the capacity and capability to accelerate regeneration in the Borough.

Summary/Overview

The new ‘‘Be First’ company was part of the Ambition 2020 programme to generate income and improve the effectiveness and costs of council-delivered services. Our consultants were a key part of the setup team, including responsibility for developing an effective portfolio management system for the new company. We helped make the step change from internal local authority departments to a new, focused, commercial delivery vehicle, capable of delivering the scale of change required to turn around ex-industrial zones into functional mixed-use neighbourhoods. Be First now has 400 hectares of land to deliver 50,000 jobs and 20,000 homes.

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Awards

Cited in Planning Consultancy of the Year
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Impact

We were a key part of the set up team. Our responsibility was to develop portfolio management systems for the new company, who have the largest growth and regeneration plans of any London Borough. We have worked closely with the in-house team to gear-up their systems and procedures to ensure they are able to make the step change from local authority to a new commercial delivery vehicle capable of delivering the scale of change required to turn around the ex-industrial zones into functional mixed-use neighbourhoods.

The project was not only designed to transform the economic and social prospects of the area but also address the long-term sustainability of public finances for the Borough.

Be First now has 400 hectares of land to deliver 50,000 jobs and 20,000 homes.

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