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We Made That and Hawkins\Brown win Barking masterplanning job

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Hawkins\Brown and We Made That have won an open contest to masterplan the mixed-use redevelopment of 135ha of industrial land in Barking and Dagenham

The two practices 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 £25,000 commission is part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s 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 into the future of the borough’s local economy.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: ‘This is a pivotal piece of work which will enable our new groundbreaking regeneration company Be First to deliver on Barking and Dagenham’s ambitious plans to be London’s east end engine for homes and jobs.’

Holly Lewis, co-founding partner at We Made That, said: ‘We are excited at the prospect of delivering strategic masterplans for Barking and Dagenham that will ensure healthy growth for the area without compromising important industrial sites. The wide variety of London’s industries are the backbone of the economy and should be protected and integrated into new residential areas.’

Hawkins\Brown partner Darryl Chen added: ‘Barking and Dagenham are leading the way in how to strategically masterplan for the retention of employment. Working with their dynamic leadership we are excited to help them ride the current wave of development interest in the borough and plan for sustainable growth on these critical sites.’

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 (pictured) in Barking six years ago.

The latest industrial sites earmarked for redevelopment are all located in the south of the borough near the River Thames, and are expected to collectively deliver up to 28,000 new homes alongside significant employment space and social facilities.

We Made That and Hawkins\Brown will investigate overarching design principles and test the viability of the council’s plans for releasing employment land for residential-led redevelopment.  They 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 appointment comes amid growing concern over pressures on industrial land within the capital. Last month a team from The London School of Architecture  won a student ideas contest to reinvent underused industrial land in Thamesmead, south-east London.

We Made That and Hawkins\Brown are also working on a separate masterplan for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), along side Peter Brett Associates.

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