A Scandinavian architect has won a competition to design the next phase of one of London's largest regeneration schemes, the Gascoigne East estate in Barking.
White Arkitekter's proposal for phase two of the development was chosen by Barking and Dagenham Council's regeneration company, Be First; the plan features modular Scandinavian-style family apartments and smaller homes with communal gardens.
Linda Thiel, architect and director of White's London studio, said: "Our goal is to create a great place with focus on quality public realm and apartments for families, students and the elderly. We believe that our extensive experience of off-site manufacturing will contribute to the delivery and design quality of this project."
A proposal by a consortium including HTA Design was selected for phase three. Together the two phases will eventually deliver more than 1,100 new homes of mixed tenure.
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."
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, speaks of his admiration for Scandinavian home design in issue 10 of BOLD magazine, published in March 2018. Read the full interview here
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