White Arkitekter wins competition to regenerate Barking’s Gascoigne East estate

White Arkitekter has won a competition to design the next phase of one of London’s largest regeneration schemes, the Gascoigne East estate in Barking.

Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, chose White’s proposal for phase 2, which features modular Scandinavian-style family apartments and smaller homes with communal gardens. A proposal by HTA design consortia was selected for phase 3. Together the two phases will eventually deliver more than 1100 new homes of mixed tenure.

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.
Jennie Coombs, Head of Affordable Housing at Be First

“White is delighted to be working with Be First on this project to bring an innovative approach to the design of family housing. Our goal is to create a great place with focus on quality public realm and apartments for families, student and the elderly. We believe that our extensive experience of off-site manufacturing will contribute to the delivery and design quality of this project” said Linda Thiel, architect and director of White’s London studio.

“Our next steps are to introduce the White Arkitekter and HTA design teams to residents and to begin to work through the plans. Our ambition is for the new look Gascoigne estate to be exemplar of London contemporary living”, said Jennie Coombs, Head of Affordable Housing at Be First.

The competition was launched following the success of the first 421 homes of the regeneration scheme, which includes new flats, maisonettes and a school.


Linda Thiel

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