Coffey Architects and Hawkins\Brown with mae are among the practices shortlisted in the contest to design the next phases of Weavers Quarter, the redevelopment of the Gascoigne East estate in Barking, east London
They are joined by PRP, White Arkitekter and a consortium led by HTA Design (which includes Pitman Tozer Architects and Stitch) in the competition, which has been 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 team 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.
Each of the shortlisted team will receive £10,000 to draw up their proposals, which will see swathes of the ageing 1960s Gascoigne East estate demolished and replaced by new homes.
Jennie Coombs, head of affordable housing at Be First, said: ‘We’ve been delighted by the response and the quality of the submissions. It made the job of getting through the amount of entries to a few companies very hard but we are confident we have an excellent shortlist.’
She added: ‘With this competition we’re trying to establish a template for future developments in the borough.
We’re trying to establish a template for future developments in the borough
‘We want to create a gold standard for high-quality designed developments which can be built conventionally or off-site, be truly affordable, and attractive to look at.’
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 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Rick Mather, Foster Wilson and Muf have completed a number of town-centre regeneration schemes, 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 six years ago.