Barking & Dagenham Council has said Barking town centre is “on the up”, as the design of a number of schemes is recognised.
The designs for William Street Quarter (Phase 2) have been short-listed for the Housing Design Awards 2012. Developed by Barking and Dagenham Council and Laing O’Rourke and designed by Maccreanor Lavington working with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the scheme has been described as a leading example of a good quality, well designed housing scheme.
Meanwhile, the Anne Mews scheme – also known as William Street Quarter (Phase 1) has been short-listed in the London Regional category in the Royal Institute of British Architects National Awards.
At the same time, two recent additions to Barking Central – the Lemonade Building and the Barking Bath House – are both set to feature in a major new exhibition at the Aram Gallery in Covent Garden to commemorate the Bauhaus Movement of architecture.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Barking and Dagenham Council comments: “Despite the tough economic circumstances, Barking Town Centre is very much on the up.
“The two-phase William Street Quarter projects are gaining more national recognition as leading-edge examples of good architecture which will deliver high-quality and much-needed homes for local people. The two projects have helped put Barking on the map and contributed to a marked reinvigoration of Barking.
“We are equally proud as a council to learn that the Barking Bath House and the Lemonade Building are also receiving further recognition. Both are superb examples of excellent projects that deliver attractive housing in the borough. Through the Aram Gallery’s collaboration with the Barbican Centre’s exhibition on the pioneering Bauhaus Movement, both buildings will find themselves on a wider national stage yet again.”