A programme of art, culture and new infrastructure to reimagine the future of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Be First

Becontree Design Code


Be First, Barking & Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, will work with homeowners, tenants, renters, landlords and users to develop a code that improves the design and adaptation of homes, buildings and spaces on the estate. The council urgently needs to adapt and decarbonise the estate to address the climate emergency (and meet the council’s 2030 and 2050 net zero commitments) and the cost of living crisis and the code will support this change.

The Becontree Design Code, alongside a Becontree Future Neighbourhoods strategy and a Becontree Model House, is one of three projects led by Be First that aim to bring residents together to reimagine the estate for future generations.

Get Involved!

Be First are looking for 15 residents from the Becontree estate who best represent our community's culture, diversity and vibrancy to join the Becontree Design Forum to help shape the future of Becontree Estate.

Interested? Find out more here.

Be First is a pioneering urban regeneration company wholly owned by Barking and Dagenham Council, but operating independently. They will help deliver 50,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs in the next 20 years.

The Design Code is funded by Barking & Dagenham Council and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.