The McLaren site team for the Linton Road and Crown House A project in Barking hosted a stand at the Barking Folk Festival as part of the borough’s Summer of Festivals programme.
The festival is a popular family event celebrating the best in English and world folk music, as well as poetry, theatre and art.
Several McLaren volunteers dedicated their time to welcome visitors to the McLaren stand over the two days of the festival. Local residents and festival goers were able to understand more about the development McLaren will be building and potential employment opportunities once the project commences.
Younger visitors had the chance to dress up as construction workers in hard hats and hi-vis vests, and McLaren merchandise proved very popular among adults and children alike.
Local residents commented with lots of positive feedback, like Mrs SW, who said:
“I always enjoy attending the Barking Folk Festival and the McLaren stand was great fun – everybody was friendly, and I managed to find out more about the project. I had some questions about the construction, as I live in the neighbouring street, but my mind was put to rest. Thank you, McLaren!”
Darren Gill, Managing Director – London, was in attendance and commented:
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in this hugely popular community event in Barking. Engaging with local people is important for us and we look forward to developing better communities together with residents and our customer Be First. Our first contract under the Be First framework is a step towards that.”
The Linton Road and Crown House A development is part of the regeneration of Barking town centre. Situated close to Barking station, it will provide 169 affordable homes. The project is due to complete in 2022.