Dual planning approvals for sustainable Gascoigne Estate regeneration

White Arkitekter’s designs for transforming one of east London’s largest estates into a 15-minute sustainable neighbourhood were approved unanimously by Barking and Dagenham planning committee this week.

The two newly-consented schemes, developed by council-owned regeneration company Be First, will provide a combined total of 912 mixed-tenure homes set within a landscape-led masterplan and designed in alignment with White Arkitekter’s wider placemaking strategy for the area, which is set to become one of the greenest and most sustainable neighbourhoods in the capital.


The designs for the new homes will capitalise on the Gascoigne neighbourhood’s location, with the town centre, an array of public transport and retail and leisure options all just 15 minutes’ walk away. This ‘15 minute’ neighbourhood will encourage more sustainable living through its connection to the local district energy network and the use of green roofs and solar panels. The neighbourhood will be largely car-free and features around 1,600 cycle parking spaces.


At the heart of the redeveloped estate is an expansive new 1.25 acre park, connected to a network smaller squares, courtyards and mews streets via green corridors which promote walking, reinforce existing routes and engage residents through informal play and ‘edible landscapes’. The scheme also includes 350sqm of community space and 822sqm of retail and commercial space.

It’s wonderful to see our designs for the Gascoigne neighbourhood endorsed by the council. The projects we are working on have given us the opportunity to improve the quantity and quality of housing available for local people, and enable a paradigm shift in how the public spaces can be used, a move from estate to neighbourhood. This will become a place that provides green, active, social spaces for all ages and abilities.
Linda Thiel, Director of London Studio, White Arkitekter

Images produced by Studio Monolot.
Top: Gascoigne Park Towards Town Centre, Gascoigne East Phase 2
Bottom: Gateway Square, Gascoigne West Phase 2

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