Gascoigne East, London – Phase 2

Gascoigne East, London – Phase 2

The Gascoigne East project is part of a holistic approach to regenerate and revitalise Barking as a major town centre in London. A rich mix of open spaces, nature, arts and culture creates one of London’s most liveable neighbourhoods.

Gascoigne East Phase Two is part of the long-term regeneration of the 1960’s Gascoigne Estate in Barking. It is being developed to provide new homes for shared ownership, private sale, affordable and local market rent.

The masterplan proposals for Phase 2 were created in close consultation with local community. Emphasis was placed on consultation at the very beginning of the project with the objectives to deliver a mixed-use development including homes, community facilities, creative and cultural workspaces and green social spaces. A respond to needs in this part of central Barking and to help create a harmonious new community.

Client: Be First
Location: Barking, London, UK
Status: Start on site, May 2020. Completion 2023.
Contractor: Wilmott Dixon Construction
Visuals: White Arkitekter, Studio Monolot, Natasha Bourne

Through a range of consultation and engagement events, the design team established effective and meaningful dialogue with residents and local people.

New homes for Barking

The phase is split into five blocks consisting of 11 new buildings ranging from 4 to 14 storeys which frame a 5,000 sqm park at the heart of the scheme. High quality urban amenity spaces are linked by a green corridor running from North to South of the site enhancing the identity of the Estate. The two main blocks both frame large podium-level shared gardens promoting permeability across the site and social interaction between residents.

The aim is to deliver well-planned, high quality apartments for different sized households from singles through to families. The development features 526 Scandinavian-style family apartments, 65% of which will be affordable rent or shared ownership and 35% for private sale. All will have private amenity space in the form of a balcony, terrace or garden and most will also have access to some form of communal amenity and garden space.

Green Living

Designated as a car-free development, over 1,000 cycle parking spaces are planned for the estate to encourage active travel. Residents will also be able to live a greener life thanks to photo-voltaic cells, connection to the district heating system and roof-top greenhouses. The energy savings are expected to be 40% of CO2 emissions against the Building Regulations.

Modular Approach

Building on the scale of the surrounding context, three main building typologies were developed with a rational grid system. These typologies lend themselves to off-site methods of construction to allow for a high level of position and less time on site during the build phase. The facades present an approach to an architectural design suitable for this location in Barking. An approach that has variation while maintaining a material palette that is robust and recognisable as being part of London.

Contact & Team

Linda Thiel

Linda Thiel


+44 793 269 01 56

Lukas Thiel

Project Director

Joseph Price

Project Business Director

Joseph Price

Project Architect

Darren Wilson

Project Architect

Anders Parment


Matteo Grometto


Jake Ford

Lead Landscape Architect

Anna Eklund

Landscape Architect

Freya Tigerschiöld

Architectural Assistant

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