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Karakusevic Carson gets down to business in Barking

Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) has been appointed to design a 12-storey business centre in east London's Barking.

The Barking Business Centre (BBC) scheme - for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) - involves the demolition of the existing Lintons housing estate and the construction of the flagship building, which will have 2,700m2 of office space.

The top floors of the business centre will contain 50 flats, and adjacent to it KCA will also design a 500-home housing development.

The BBC is one of two business centres being built in the borough as part of a £15.5 million local enterprise growth initiative programme designed to boost the borough's economic growth.

Barking and Dagenham is in the Thames Gateway area which, over the next 20 years, will undergo a radical transformation, including the creation of 25,000 new homes.

Also, Alford Hall Monaghan Morris is mid-way through phase 2 of its masterplan for the regeneration of Barking town centre, but a spokesman for LBBD said that although the KCA business centre 'would loosely link up with the masterplan,' it was not part of it.

KCA is expected to submit its plans by the end of the year.

by Max Thompson

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