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Creative Industries Quarter, Barking, United Kingdom

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Sailing on at the Thames Gateway

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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 residential accommodation.”

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.

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