Barking Wharf
01/07/2022 by Buildington
EcoWorld London has delivered Barking Wharf, its first build-to-rent scheme.

The project has now been handed over to management company Apo, a sister company to EcoWorld London. All 595 homes have been let out by Apo in just 14 months from the handover of the first completed homes.

Heng Leong Cheong, CEO of EcoWorld London, commented: “Barking Wharf is hugely significant to the borough as well as to EcoWorld London, marking a key step in our ambition to become one of the UK’s leading BTR developers. The quality of the homes and their design is reflected in the high levels of demand Apo has seen, and we hope the success of this scheme through our pioneering approach to BTR development paves the way for even better, more innovative BTR projects in the future. We’re proud to have delivered great new homes, public realm and facilities for the residents and the borough, in addition to the hundreds of jobs created for locals and £40m invested in the local supply chain during construction. We are truly committed to Barking and are keen to work further with the community and council to deliver more long-term investment.”

Matthew Pullen, CEO of Apo Group Ltd, added: “8 years on from having identified what was an under-utilised retail park as a great location for BTR, it’s great to see the completed scheme with its vibrant new community and over 1,000 residents enjoying living there. The speed at which all the homes were let despite the challenges and market changes due to COVID, to us, is proof that working closely with EcoWorld London from the outset has allowed us to create a premium product that renters need and want. We’ve received excellent feedback from our residents, who love the high-quality finish of the homes, the range of amenities and above all, the fact that the development has been designed with their needs and lifestyle in mind. We will continue to engage with our residents so we can ensure we offer the best possible service and amenities both at Barking Wharf and for future schemes.”

John German, Managing Director, Residential Investments at Invesco real Estate, added: “Since 2014, when we made our first investment, Invesco Real Estate has today committed over £1bn into the UK residential sector. Our largest development partner, who has delivered 1,201 units across three developments has been the EcoWorld Team, with Apo continuing to manage all three investments. We have been delighted with both the timeliness of delivery and the quality that has been delivered at Barking Wharf by EcoWorld London and Midgard. In addition, the Apo team have delivered exceptional service through the mobilisation and stabilisation of the property, which has been achieved over 12 months ahead of the business plan. We look forward to working with the teams on the final delivery and mobilisation of Kew Bridge.”
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