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AJ exclusive: Winners named in Barking’s Gascoigne East estate contest

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White Arkitekter and a consortium led by HTA Design have been chosen to design the next phases of the ongoing redevelopment of the 1960s Gascoigne East estate in Barking, east London

The Scandinavian giant will oversee Phase 2 of the project, known as Weavers Quarter, while HTA with Pitman Tozer Architects and Stitch will deliver Phase 3. Together these phases will deliver more than 1,160 new homes in a mix of affordable rents, shared ownership and private for sale.

The two teams saw off rival bids from Coffey Architects, PRP, and Hawkins\Brown with mae in the competition, which was organised by Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm, Be First.

The organisation began looking for new visions for the future stages of its £300 million Weavers Quarter project last December, as the scheme’s 421-unit, £81 million first phase by Levitt Bernstein neared completion.

The winning teams will be asked to review Allies and Morrison’s original masterplan for the wider development, with a view to making the later stages more dense.

Jennie Coombs, head of affordable housing at Be First, said: ‘We had some excellent bids – more than 100 in total – and the competition was fierce. After lengthy deliberation, however, we felt that the White Arkitekter and HTA bids both merged style and tradition with quality and substance. They set the gold standard we demand for our residents.’

These practices set the gold standard we demand for our residents

White Arkitekter’s proposal features modular Scandinavian-style family flats and smaller homes with communal gardens. Linda Thiel of White Arkitekter said: ’We hope that our extensive experience of off-site manufacture will contribute to the delivery and design quality of this project.’

The HTA design consortium’s proposals feature traditional terraces, mews houses and mansion blocks.

Simon Bayliss,managing partner of HTA Design, said: ’HTA, Stitch and Pitman Tozer worked together on ideas for a high-density neighbourhood within a quite urban setting, made from inspiring family homes within a lively landscape of green streets and beautiful spaces.’

Barking remains 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 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Rick Mather, Foster Wilson and Muf have completed a number of town-centre regeneration schemes in the borough, providing amenities such as a library, town square and arboretum, skills academy and leisure centre.

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 an 1870s granary building in Barking seven years ago.

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