Gascoigne West Phase 1

Barking’s Gascoigne Estate is currently undergoing significant change. The Gascoigne West masterplan, which seeks to provide up to 850 new homes, is split into three phases. Phase 1 presents an opportunity to provide new, mixed tenure housing that complements the existing developments along Abbey Road and the Ice House Quarter, along with high-quality integrated landscaping and public realm.

New homes for Barking

The proposal ensures a future proofed design that will support the ongoing regeneration in Barking. The development features 201 well planned, efficient, high-quality apartments, with private and communal amenity space. The new accommodation is split into three blocks, varying in form and character, and ranging from three to 13 storeys, including seven terraced houses.


Urban Nature and resilient design

One of the key project aims is to meet the challenges of climate change; the proposal is based on resilience and strategic water and energy use, through incorporation of ecosystem services, Sustainable Urban Drainage management and reducing heat loads through green roofs and gardens. The required target carbon reduction of 40.2% beyond Building Regulations has strongly influenced the architectural design; provision of photovoltaic panels, high performance building fabric and advanced specifications are incorporated.

The design is centred around a clearly defined hierarchy of public squares, local greens, semi-private gardens and private courtyard.

Client: Be First
Location: Barking, London, UK
Contractor: Wates
Status: Start on site (January 2020) and estimated completion (Spring 2022)
Visuals: White View

Scandinavian urban design principles of social wellbeing are further embedded within the architectural and landscape design proposals, focussing on designing for community activities for the young and the elderly.


Phase 1 also includes sustainable design aspects, such as optimised access to sunlight and daylight within outdoor public and private spaces and incorporation of wind sheltering through architectural and landscape design to improve outdoor comfort, which in turn enables greater social and community activities outdoors, social inclusion, and healthy and active lifestyles. Playful and thoughtful design will encourage a community to thrive and engage with the wider neighbourhood.

High-quality space
The proposal seeks to deliver high-quality landscape and public realm, with a strong focus on providing spaces for all to enjoy. Improving connections to the site and surrounding areas was identified as a key goal early in the project, ensuring that the design is built upon existing amenities in order to ensure the development sits comfortably in its context. The design is centred around a clearly defined hierarchy of public squares, local greens, semi-private gardens and private courtyard.


The form of the three buildings, and their placement on the site, facilitate active use of the outdoor communal space. The landscape design strategy helps to develop the character of the different areas within the site, enhancing legibility, strengthening identity and creating a place to call home.

Block design and façade expression  

A framework of facade types has been developed for each block, lending a sense of variety to the project, whilst defining the buildings as separate entities. All of these types do however adhere to the same overarching design principles which makes them clearly identifiable as parts of the same development. The general principles set out a series of criteria such as brick dimensions, window sizes, types of balustrades and copings, which then vary in colour and appearance between each block. The result is a series of well defined, pared-back facades that offer a generous sense of depth and articulation.

Contact & Team

Linda Thiel

Linda Thiel


Linda Thiel Project Director
Laura Davies Project Architect
Adam Bergendal Architect
Fredrik Petersson Architect
Per Wikfeldt Architect
Hugo Franklin Architect
Hans Tang Architect
Renato Adriasola Skogsvold Architect
Marta Casagrande Architect
Joyce Gyimah Asante Architectural Assistant
Freya Tigerschiöld Architectural Assistant
Claire Wadey Architectural Assistant
Gustav Jarlöv Landscape Architect
Mathilda Åström Landscape Architect
Jerome Beresford Model Manager