The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is looking for a team to masterplan the mixed-use redevelopment of 135ha of industrial land
The winner of the minimum £25,000 contract will draw up plans for new sustainable mixed-use neighbourhoods on the sites of four large strategic industrial zones within the east London borough: Thames Road, Creekmouth, Castle Green and Chadwell Heath.
The commission is part of local authority plans to deliver 35,000 new homes and a minimum of 10,000 new jobs by 2035. The masterplanning study will be supported by a separate investigation (being simultaneously advertised) into the future of Barking and Dagenham’s local economy.
According to its brief: ‘The council’s vision for these sites is for genuine mixed-used schemes incorporating space for growth sectors within residential blocks, thus moving away from the traditional approach of separate zones for employment and housing but instead planning for them both within sustainable new communities.
‘Therefore, the viability of achieving genuinely mixed-use developments on the release sites needs to be tested in terms of function, form and financing. The aim is to create vibrant mixed-use urban quarters fit for the 21st century.’
Barking is one of London’s poorest and most poorly skilled areas, but also has the capital’s highest population growth.
In the past 10 years architects including AHMM, Rick Mather, Foster Wilson and Muf have completed a number of new town centre regeneration schemes providing new amenities such as a library, square and arboretum, skills academy and leisure centre.
Meanwhile the 140ha site of the former Barking Power Station nearby has been the focus of an ongoing regeneration, masterplanned by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and known as Barking Riverside.
The latest industrial sites earmarked for redevelopment are all located in the south of the borough near to the River Thames, and are expected to collectively deliver up to 28,000 new homes alongside significant employment space and social facilities.
The study will investigate overarching design principles and test the viability of the council’s plans for releasing employment land for residential-led redevelopment. The winning team will explore the potential for both vertical mixed use development where apartments are situated above employment spaces, and horizontal mixed-use development where the two uses are placed side-by-side.
The potential for retaining and intensifying some employment-only sites and integrating other residential typologies, such as mews and tower blocks, into the new areas will also be explored.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Barking Town Hall
Tel: 020 8227 5816