FBM Architects have secured outline planning consent from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for our designs for the regeneration of the Gascoigne West Estate, an exciting 850 home development.
The project will have a significant transformational impact on Barking Town Centre and the architects have worked closely with Be First, the council’s regeneration company, to ensure that the designs complement the neighbouring areas of Abbey Road and Gascoigne East; providing the optimum mix of housing and community services.
Simon Fraser, Director at Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, said: “We have taken a very sensitive approach to the site’s historical context connecting and improving the existing townscape to create an attractive people-friendly scheme for the long-term benefit of local communities.”
The planners, who endorsed the £250 million project, agreed that the development would result in a much-needed regeneration of the 2.4ha low density area, providing significantly more and better-quality housing, in a mix of sizes, in a safer and healthier designed environment.
Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, which is leading the project, said: “We aim to surpass the quality and design standards that we have set at Gascoigne East, offering hundreds of badly needed, new homes for local people at a range of rent levels and prices. This is a huge milestone for this exciting project, which will make much better use of the space, with more traditional street patterns and green spaces.”
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said: “It is fantastic to see good quality proposals being drawn up that capture a mixture of realistic renting and affordable buying opportunities for local residents.” A further planning application is expected in late 2018 with the work on site estimated to begin in 2019.