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Stitch Studio and Mæ bag Goresbrook affordable homes jackpot

[First look] Emerging practice Stitch Studio and Mae Architects have been appointed to regenerate the Goresbrook Village housing estate in Dagenham

The project for developer Countryside Properties replaces three, 16-storey tower blocks on the site with 149 modern low-rise houses.

Under the ‘tenure blind’ scheme, the 1960s structures’ 282 units – which are mostly social housing – will make way for 98 affordable homes and 51 new market sale homes.

72 per cent of the units will be three and four bedroom family houses. 14 homes will be designed to full wheelchair standards and a new shop will be created.

Two years ago former Liberal Democrat member of parliament Mark Oaten lived in the housing estate for a week as part of a Channel 4 documentary exposing crumbling 1960s housing.

Goresbrook Village in Dagenham. Image by Amanda Vincent-Rous

The exisitng Goresbrook Village in Dagenham. Image by Amanda Vincent-Rous

Countryside Properties was selected by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham as preferred developer for the project.

Richard Cherry, deputy chairman of Countryside Properties, said: ‘Our selection continues a strong record of regeneration work in Barking & Dagenham.

‘We have already completed projects on the Gascoigne Estate and at Lymington Fields in Chadwell Heath and we are delighted to be selected for Goresbrook Village.  The new scheme will provide highly attractive, environmentally friendly new homes for tenants and owner occupiers.’

Councillor Phil Waker, cabinet member for housing at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, added: ‘Goresbrook Village is one of three estates we are redeveloping and we are delighted to be working with Countryside Properties on this development.

‘On top of the new homes that will soon appear on these sites, 146 new council houses have already built across the borough on a number of sites, and 477 new homes for affordable rent are just about to be built on two sites in Barking.  As well as this there are a number of other new building projects across the borough either starting soon or being now planned.’

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