MD1664 Beam Park Development Partner Selection

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
30 April 2016
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

GLA Land and Property Ltd (GLAP) has undertaken a competitive procurement using the London Development Panel to appoint a development partner to deliver development on land Beam Park (Plots 1-3) and the recently acquired 2.3ha East of Kent Avenue (EKA) site (known as Beam Park Plot 4). Four compliant bids were received following a three stage mini-competition process. Countryside Properties (UK) Limited and L&Q provided the most economically advantageous tender and have therefore been selected as GLAPs development partner.

The MD approval to enter the Development Agreement is required by the end of April 2016 to enable the developer to meet milestones in the DA particularly to submit their planning application in line with the agreed timeframe, the delivery of the Beam Park Station building by March 2020 and 1500 homes by 2025. The GLA has various approval rights within the DA to ensure that development is undertaken in line with London Plan/Mayoral objectives.



That the Mayor approves: 
•    The recommendation to select Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and L&Q as the preferred bidder for the Beam Park and EKA development;
•    GLA Land and Property Ltd to enter into Development Agreement, on the terms set out in this paper, with Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd.


Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1.    GLAP has undertaken a competitive procurement process using the London Development Panel (LDP) to appoint a development partner for the Mayor’s 29ha Beam Park site, a brownfield site located in London Riverside.
1.2.    Housing Investment Group (HIG) endorsed expenditure of £710,000 required to appoint consultants to undertake due diligence, prepare a viability appraisal and identify the appropriate procurement route in June 2014. GLAP has expended fees on legal and commercial advice which would have been required in the course of any form of disposal.

1.3.    A Beam Park Options paper was subsequently submitted to HIG on the 3rd July 2014 to endorse the site objectives and due diligence required to assess the benefits of acquiring the adjacent Ford Dagenham Stamping and Tooling Plant (DSTO) site.

1.4.    The Beam Park Disposal Strategy paper was presented to HIG on the 13 May 2015. This outlined the results of the due diligence, viability appraisal. HIG endorsed the use of the LDP for the procurement, a package of measures to assist with site viability and to pursue negotiation to acquire the 2.3ha East of Kent Avenue (EKA) site which formed part of the DSTO site. 

1.5.    A plan showing the Beam Park (Plots 1-3) and EKA site (Plot 4) is at Appendix 1. Title to the Land is registered at the Land Registry with Absolute Title under Title Numbers EGL435281, EGL396608, EGL432298 and EGL472284 in respect of the EKA Site.

1.6.    The development of a new station at Beam Park is integral to the success of the new community and to ensure that PTAL levels are increased to allow the maximum number of homes to be delivered at the site. 

Beam Park Design Champion

1.7.    A procurement process using the TfL Design Panel was undertaken to appoint a design champion for the Beam Park project which resulted in the appointment of Jay Gort from Gort Scott Architects. Jay Gort will assume the role of ‘client-side design advisor and champion’ on the Beam Park development project, supporting GLAP in the scoping, design and delivery of the development project. The appointment will last initially for 12 months with an option to extend. 

1.8.    Gort Scott have provided advice on the RIBA stage 2 submissions and will play a key role in working with the appointed developer to ensure that designs for the site meet GLAP, LBBD and LBH design ambitions for the site, particularly the design objectives in the London Riverside OAPF and the LBH A1306 Master Plan.  They will also have a key role in working with the various stakeholders and Network Rail’s appointed developer to ensure design for the Beam Park Station integrates fully with the surrounding development. This will involve liaison with the Mayor’s and borough design panels as well as GLA and the local planning authority teams.

Objectives and expected outcomes

Development Objectives

2.1.    The procurement of a development partner for Beam park is expected to achieve the following development objectives:
i.    Contribute to meeting London’s housing needs by enabling development of 1,500 high quality and well-designed mixed tenure homes to help achieve the London Plan target of 420,000 homes by 2025 and a further 1,200 homes by 2030 to meet the needs identified in the LBBD and LBH’s Local Plans;
ii.    Meet the needs of a new urban community through the provision of suitable social and educational infrastructure in line with current policy and guidelines to support the social sustainability of the development;
iii.    Improve public transport connections through new bus, cycle and pedestrian links, a new rail station at Beam Park by 2020, in line with residential development timeframes, with well–thought out connections to bus, pedestrian and cycle routes which connect Beam Park to existing developments, Dagenham Dock Station and the Green Grid, which includes Beam Valley Country Park, the Beam River, and Rainham Marshes;
iv.    Transform a 29ha brownfield site through place-making and high quality public realm enhancements which meet London Plan (2015) standards, specifically at the A1306, industrial and railway edges, bridges, gateways to the development and the area around the Beam River which transforms the area’s identity, changes perceptions and encourages inward investment to support job creation and economic development targets. 

2.2.    GLAP was open to proposals on how best to realise the site’s value and create a new vibrant and attractive community which contributes to the ongoing regeneration of London Riverside. GLAP sought to maximise housing delivery at the site, whilst also balancing density against a range of other factors, including GLAP’s requirement for a land receipt.

2.3.    GLAP considered flexibility in its approach to the payment of land receipts. The option to defer payments was offered where it was demonstrated that this could assist in accelerated delivery of homes.

Procurement Process

2.4.    The LDP is an OJEU compliant framework which involves three stages – expression of interest, sifting brief and mini competition and has a suite of approved contractual documents available to users. The Beam Park project will use the LDP Development Agreement and Building Lease which will be modified within the limits of the procurement regulations to accommodate the project specific requirements of Beam Park.    

2.5.    Use of the LDP has enabled a quick procurement process taking less than six months (June-November 2015) to identify a development partner to deliver a comprehensive housing-led regeneration scheme at Beam Park.

Expressions of Interest
2.6.    Expressions of Interest were issued to London Development Panel members on the 9th June 2015 and were returned on the 23rd June. 13 panel members expressed an interest. 

Sifting Brief
2.7.    The Sifting Brief was issued to the interested parties on the 24th June and five responses were received on the 28th July. Several panel members teamed up either with other panel members or external developers for their submissions. The Sifting Brief submissions were scored using the following weighted evaluation criteria: 




  1. How would you approach place making and delivery of high quality design at Beam Park to ensure that the GLA’s and boroughs aim to create a ‘step-change’ in perceptions of the area is achieved?


  1. How would you deal appropriately with site development constraints – specifically flood risk, contamination and site infrastructure and adjacent transport infrastructure – while maximising the development potential and viability of the site?


  1. Demonstrate your understanding of the market context and market potential for the site and how this informs your approach to development density and residential typologies


  1. How would you manage the phasing of development including the delivery of the ticket office for the new Beam Park station to achieve first home completions and enable the station to be open by spring 2019


  1. Identify the key risks in undertaking and completing the project and set out your strategy for mitigating these risks (where mitigation is possible)?


  1. Describe the team, including any, sub-developers and/or consultants, you intend to assemble for this project and outline how this team’s relevant skills and experience will be applied to achieve the GLA’s objectives and ensure the quickest possible delivery of homes and infrastructure at the site.


2.8.    Four of the submissions met the criteria sufficiently to be taken forward to mini competition stage. 

Mini Competition

2.9.    The Invitation to Tender (ITT) was issued on the 18th August with a deadline of the 26 October 2015. 

2.10.    Tenderers were invited to submit written clarifications throughout the tender process. Tenderers were also invited to attend three clarification sessions during the bidding process. The first of these was on the 9th September with the boroughs, the second on the 18th September with Network rail and TfL and the third on the 9th October with TfL legal. Tenderers were invited to submit written questions in advance of the meetings and were provided with written answers following the meetings. The 18th September meeting did not proceed so tenderers were offered individual meetings with TfL and Network Rail. TfL legal were unable to attend the 9th October so legal responses were sought in writing from both them and GLAP’s legal advisors. 

2.11.    All four bidders submitted a tender response by the deadline date and were invited to present their proposals to GLAP representatives from Housing and Land and Planning on the 3rd November. 

2.12.    Submissions were evaluated by the GLAP with support from GL Hearn and input from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering and the Beam Park Design Champion. 

2.13.    The evaluation criteria were:

Evaluation factor



Max score

Sub weight

Sub Criteria



Requirements for the scheme proposal and design approach



New and Affordable Housing



Place-making and Design



Design and Sustainability



Beam Park Station


Project team approach and project management





Programme and phasing





Approach to gaining planning permission





Approach to dealing with development constraints





Approach to long term management





Project risk assessment and management




Total Quality









Financial offer



Guaranteed Land Payment



Sales and Planning Overage Schedule and Mechanism



Financial Model








Equality comments

There are no equality implications at this stage. Equalities will be considered through the next stages of development. 


Other considerations

4.1.    Key Risks and Issues 
GLA has purchased the East of Kent Avenue site (Beam Park plot 4) from Ford Motor Company.  Ford is selling the adjacent Ford Stamping Plant. Until the details of this sale are known and the sale completes there remains uncertainty around the future development at the DSTO site and consequent uncertainty for Beam Park. 

4.2.    Links to Mayoral Strategies
The London Plan and the London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework (LROAPF) identify brownfield sites in East London as a means to meeting London’s needs for housing and employment. The Mayors Housing Strategy sets out the need to accelerate housing development to meet London’s need for 42,000 new homes per annum. The EKA site assists and increases the deliverability of new homes – including affordable housing – in the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham. Development at Beam Park is also integral to the Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone which is a key Mayoral priority and means of accelerating new home delivery in East London.

4.3.    Impact Assessments and Consultations 
GLAP is working in close partnership with the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and London Borough of Havering on the future development of the EKA and Beam Park sites. The boroughs are members of the Beam Park Steering Group and both boroughs have been involved in the identification of development objectives and the procurement of the development partner, including providing advice to the evaluation team on the the bidders planning strategies.   

Financial comments

See Part 2 Confidential facts


Investment and Performance Board

Due to the nature of this report it was considered by HIG and not IPB.  At the 13th January 2016 HIG, the following recommendations were approved in principle: “Endorse the appointment of the successful tenderer as development partner for the Beam Park development project and the under-bidder as detailed in the restricted appendices” and “Endorse the inclusion of the East of Kent Avenue (EKA) site within the development opportunity.”


Planned delivery approach and next steps



(target date)

Mayoral Decision

April 2016

Enter into Development Agreement

May 2016

Submit Planning Application

October 2016

Planning Consent

March 2017

Start on Site

July 2017

Station Open

December 2020

Completion of development

August 2030


Appendices and supporting papers

APPENDIX 1: Site Plan (see attached signed PDF)



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