Be First Regeneration has launched a design contest to re-masterplan its ongoing transformation of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, east London
The regeneration wing of Barking and Dagenham Council is seeking new visions for the next phases of its £300 million Weavers Quarter project which will see its first 421-unit Levitt Bernstein-designed phase (pictured) complete next year.
Originally masterplanned by Allies and Morrison, the ambitious project set out to deliver around 1,575 homes new homes on the site of an ageing housing estate close to Barking town centre. The latest competition will increase density on the later phases of the project with shortlisted participating teams receiving £10,000 each to draw up proposals.
According to the brief: ‘The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham have been renewing the eastern part of the Gascoigne Estate since 2012 with L&Q (formerly East Thames) acting as a development manager for the first phase of the development. The council has now secured via its major investment programme the funding to deliver the next residential phase of development. This ambitious regeneration project will transform the former estate into a new mixed tenure community within Barking town centre.
‘Be First, the Council’s development company will take responsibility for delivering the design and construction of the remaining phases with all the affordable homes being owned and managed by the council’s Reside Housing Company. Now the first phase residential scheme, Weavers Quarter and Greatfield’s School projects are under construction Be First is seeking to appoint a lead designer and team to undertake a 2-part commission.’
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 town-centre regeneration schemes providing amenities such as a library, square and arboretum, skills academy and leisure centre.
Meanwhile, the nearby 140ha site of the former Barking Power Station has been the focus of an ongoing regeneration, masterplanned by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and known as Barking Riverside. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards completed a £4 million overhaul of a 1870s granary building in Barking six years ago.
The Gascoigne Estate was constructed in the 1960s and is now part-way through an ambitious regeneration programme masterplanned by Allies and Morrison. The original Weavers Quarter vision set out to deliver 1,575 new homes, a 690-pupil primary school, 1,850-pupil secondary school, commercial facilities and public spaces.
Following the completion of the masterplan’s first £81 million phase, the latest commission aims to rethink the later phases and increase Weavers Quarter’s overall density. Participating teams will also be required to rethink the future of various industrial and commercial structures along the busy A13 areas to the south of the Gascoigne Estate.
The deadline for applications is 12noon on 8 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Be First Regeneration
1 Linton Road
Telephone: +44 2082272757