In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough. Projects that have been completed thus far include The Pipe Major restaurant and pub on Yewtree Avenue, and the opening of a new campus for ELUTEC - a technical college that serves 14-19 year olds looking to specialise in engineering, design, science, or technology. Further projects that are scheduled to begin in the next few years include:
- A Drive-Thru Costa Coffee and an 80-bed Travelodge
- A 450,000 sq. feet Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park in the former Sanofi science building, which will include a facility designated specifically for science businesses, known as ‘The Cube Incubator’
- Construction of new business spaces alongside Londoneast-uk, as directed by Baytree Logistics
Along with these exciting new additions, Jon Cruddas MP and local Councillors Mick McCarthy and Tony Ramsay have been working with the Mayor of London, and the Leader of the Council Darren Rodwell with Film London to propose the construction of a film studio. This complex would house the largest film studios in London in over 25 years, and would include multiple performance stages - thus increasing the demand for added restaurants and catering facilities to open up around the area.
Labour Councillor Mick McCarthy of Eastbrook ward, has said that: “The regeneration of the former Sanofi site brings with it the promise of jobs for local people, and more specifically, skilled opportunities for young people across the local area.”
Ward colleague Councillor Tony Ramsay (Labour) commented: “We have worked alongside Sanofi’s legacy plans to ensure that the area didn’t become just another patch of underutilised ex-industrial land. I am pleased that the council have stepped in to help develop the land further.”
Jon Cruddas MP said: “As with all the development planned across my constituency I will be working with the council, and local representatives to ensure that what we have is local jobs for local people. I have no doubt that the arrival of Costa Coffee, further development of the technical park, and finally a film studio will be a welcome boost to the local economy.”