Roxwell Road Welcomes Its First Crane On Site

Just last week, our Roxwell Road construction site celebrated the arrival of its first tower crane. This impressive Hydraulic Luffing Jib crane is nearly 36m tall under the hook with a 35m mast. This crane is one of two that will be on-site and will be the primary means of moving heavy plant and materials needed to construct Blocks A and B.

This crane represents an essential milestone in the project, as it is a visible symbol of progress and lays the foundations for the more complex construction activities to come. All safety regulations and procedures have been strictly followed for the crane to safely be operated on-site. Now, it is ready to begin its vital role as an integral part of the construction process.

 Project Overview

The £26.7m design and build residential development will see works carried out for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s pioneering regeneration company, Be First. The project involves the demolition of existing buildings, followed by the design and construction of 87 new affordable homes for rent. The development includes 80 flats and maisonettes across four blocks and a terrace of 7 townhouses. Ten of the homes will be designed specifically for wheelchair users.

Scope of Work

Jerram Falkus will complete pre-commencement work, including the diversion of services and all ancillary works. The scope of work also includes car parking for the development, a new substation, a centralised energy centre, and soft and hard landscaping. These works are being carried out as part of the council’s mission to deliver thousands of affordable homes for local people.

Construction Progress Update


In addition to the first crane making its way to the site, good progress is being made in other areas. Our groundwork and RC frame contractor, Togher, are continuing with the works below ground prior to the ground floor slab being poured on block A in the next couple of weeks. This will mark the start of the RC frame rising from the ground level.

Site Accommodation

Last week we installed our new site accommodation at Wivenhoe Road, and once we have power and water on site, this will form the site offices for our project management team during the next two years. This is a positive step forward and will help to ensure the project is managed safely and efficiently.

Excavation and Soil Removal

For February, the works will primarily consist of excavating and removing more soil from the site as the groundwork is ongoing. Regular deliveries of ready-mix concrete will continue as the piles are completed, and the RC frame starts to rise.

Piling Update

Block B: Pile caps are being formed, and the stair core and lift pit were poured last week.

Block C: Piling works have been completed.

Block D: Piling is in progress and is due to complete this week.

Block E: Piling works commenced this week.

All piling works across the blocks are expected to be completed by early March. This marks another significant milestone in the development and will open the way for building blocks A and B.

Completion Date

Works on the Roxwell Road project commenced on-site in August 2022, and practical completion is expected to be achieved in May 2025. This development will deliver much-needed affordable homes to the local community.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality and safety standards throughout the project, and we look forward to seeing it come to fruition.