Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH
Tel: 0208 227 2332
Beam parklands officially opened in April 2011 and is a 53 hectare multi-functional green space. Prior to the creation of a parkland the site was been owned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and The Environment Agency who used site for flood storage. The existing space was informal but low quality public open space, which attracted some antisocial behaviour. The previous capacity for storing flood water was below the minimum standard, which put 570 residential properties, two primary schools and three social clubs in addition to 63 industrial and commercial properties at risk of flooding. Land experiencing high levels of flood risk also included key regeneration sites owned by LDA. In order for the site to be sustainable the floodplain needed to extend into the land owned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The Land Trust had the expertise and resources to fund the management of the floodplain and took on liabilities and maintenance costs associated with the parkland, whilst the Environment Agency retained and managed the flood risk infrastructure. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, through the Ranger service, is the managing agent of Beam Parklands for a 5 year period, which commenced in April 2011 until March 2016.
The Beam Parklands Partnership Project was funded by a number of sources. £1.5m came from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to benefit small mobile enterprises and £0.5m of match funding from the Environment agency; which delivered the capital scheme and was crucial to draw down ERDF money. Additionally, the site was awarded £250,000 from Veolia Cleanaway Trust. This money was used to improve access to the parkland, through the construction of a bridge, which linked to Orchard Village, previously known as the Mardyke estate. In order to ensure that the community gained maximum benefit from the new park a £175,000 grant was awarded in 2011 from the Big Lottery Fund ”Access to Nature Grant”, which is run by Natural England. Long term maintenance of the site is being funded by an endowment of c.£1.9m from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Parklands Allocation, part of the East London Green Grid, to provide income in perpetuity.
The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.
Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.