Creative hub development gets go ahead
Proposals for a vibrant cultural and creative hub in East London have received a huge boost as planning permission
has been granted for the development of the Creative Industries Quarter (CIQ). The proposals were submitted by London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) as part of a wider regeneration of the Barking area.
The schmidt hammer lassen architects (shla) design will bring two existing 19th
century buildings (the Malthouse and the Granary) back into use for the 21st century
creating 220 residential units, workspaces for local artists, a new public square, community
facilities and better public transport links across the River Roding.
The design places new buildings around the periphery of the site’s existing
industrial structures, forming a public space at the heart of the project. The boundary is punctuated at strategic points
by a number of entrances which frame views of the Malthouse and Granary as well as
connecting the site with the neighbouring area and allowing light into the heart of the
development, creating views out across the river and marshlands.
Aiming to preserve the industrial, gritty character of the site the design uses brickwork that is both sensitive to, and inspired by, the Malthouse and the Granary, the use of which was developed through analysis of archives from the area. At the same time a scheme of varied character has been produced; the new buildings are of
varying heights and scale with differing facade treatments which respond to both the urban
context and the landscape.
Stephen Willacy, of SHL architects, said: “We are delighted that this culturally important
scheme has been given the green light. The Malthouse and Granary are two of the few lasting
examples of fine industrial architectural in Barking so it is vital that people rediscover the
historic character of these buildings whilst adapting them for new uses, including much need
220 new homes of which up to 35% will be affordable are also incorporated in the scheme as well as the facilitation of a new public transport bridge and open public spaces.