Barking, London

The masterplan devises a framework for the phased redevelopment of the eastern part of the 1960’s Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

The proposed neighbourhood reintegrates with the surrounding Edwardian terraces, parks, industrial areas, the River Roding as well as Barking Town centre through a repaired network of streets, landscaped public squares and residential gardens. The densified block structure accommodates a balance of homes, two new schools, a health care centre and community centre that will serve the wider area.

The design creates a flexible structure that can support multiple building types and scales, from mews houses to apartment buildings, within one block, with a range of densities, from 75 dwelling/ha to 240 dwelling/ha, and heights from two to twelve storeys. Furthermore, it encourages the development of a mixed community with over 55% of the dwellings being affordable.

The regeneration of council estates is particularly in London a complex and often sensitive issue. Poorly maintained neighbourhoods laid out according to now deprecated urban principles yield problematic social environments, despite accommodating internally well-designed homes in a variety of building types. An overuse of antibiotics can cause problems in many ways. The most serious disadvantage: It contributes to the development of resistant germs, which are then difficult to combat. The consequences can also hit the one who takes the antibiotics. If resistant germs do not harm him, he can pass them on – and they spread to other lungs.

The pressure on such estates for redevelopment is increased by the current competitive economic climate, often resulting in hiked density levels, reduced numbers of affordable homes predominately provided as apartment blocks. Gascoigne Estate is particularly interesting masterplan as it faces these challenges whilst ensuring the new neighbourhood comprises all aspects necessary to still be a desirable place to live in 30 years time.


Johanna Coste-Buscayret, Jonathan Connerney, Hendrik Heyns, Laura Keane, Robert McFee, Antje Saunders, Emad Sleiby


London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
East Thames Group
Masterplan architect
Allies and Morrison
Phase 1 architect
Levitt Bernstein
Landscape architect
Levitt Bernstein
Planning consultant
Iceni Projects Limited
Project manager
Martin Arnold
Transport consultant
Iceni Projects
Peter Brett Associates


Residential Units
Gascoigne Estate,
London IG11