Michael Portillo stops off at United Living site on BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys

Journalist and presenter Michael Portillo recently visited our Becontree development on the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys, which sees him travel the length and breadth of the country by train.

The programme examined affordable housing and the history of the Becontree Estate, which started construction 100 years ago and became the first and largest council estate in the UK. The new homes created on the Becontree Estate are in the same spirit as a century ago and will provide more high-quality, affordable homes for local people.

United Living New Homes is working in close partnership with Be First and Barking and Dagenham Council to deliver this scheme. The 19-home development comprises 13 one-bedroom, four two-bedroom, and two three-bedroom flats providing much needed affordable homes for the local community.

Nick Tijou, Regional Managing Director, United Living New Homes, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Michael Portillo and the BBC onto our site at Becontree. The visit highlighted the ongoing development of new affordable homes in the area, and the many benefits that they bring to the large Becontree community. We are proud that our site was featured and that we are continuing to build upon the legacy that the Housing Act of 1919 (often known as the Addison Act) has left.”

The site visit can be viewed via the link below and begins at 26:05.