Be First has announced two winners of its competition to design the next phases of regeneration of Barking’s Gascoigne East estate.

White Arkitekter and HTA design consortia were selected by Barking and Dagenham Council’s pioneering regeneration company, to take forward phases 2 and 3 respectively, of one of London’s largest regeneration schemes.

Jennie Coombs, Head of Affordable Housing at Be First, said: “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.”

White Arkitekter’s bid featured modular built Scandinavian style family apartments and smaller homes with communal gardens.

Linda Thiel of White Arkitekter said: “White is delighted to be working with Be First on this project, bringing innovative approach to the design of family housing in the centre of Barking. Our aim is to create a great place with focus on quality public realm and apartments for families, students and elderly.

“We hope that our extensive experience of off-site manufacture will contribute to the delivery and design quality of this project.”

The HTA design consortia’s proposals feature traditional terraces, mews houses and mansion blocks.

Simon Bayliss of HTA design consortia, said: “We are thrilled that our team has been selected, from a great shortlist, to develop our proposals for the ongoing transformation of the Gascoigne Estate.

“HTA, Stitch and Pitman Tozer worked together on ideas for a high density neighbourhood within a quite urban setting, made from inspiring family homes within a lively landscape of green streets and beautiful spaces. We are thrilled to have the chance to take these ideas forward to a detailed masterplan for Be First.”

The competition was launched following a review of the success of the first 421 home phase of the Gascoigne East scheme, known as Weavers Quarter, which has seen large swathes of the old estate demolished and replaced by quality new flats and maisonettes and an all-through Greatfields school.

Phases 2 and 3 will eventually deliver more than 1160 new homes in a mix of affordable rents, shared ownership and private for sale.

Jennie Coombs said: “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 an exemplar of London contemporary living.”


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