Following an invited competition we have been appointed by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s wholly owned local housing company, to design and deliver a 20 unit affordable housing scheme in the heart of the inter-war Becontree Estate.
In the 1920s the Becontree Estate was one of the most radical programmes of public housing ever attempted, Be First’s development plans for Barking and Dagenham are reigniting that radical spark.
Our scheme draws on the character of the existing estate to deliver a locally distinctive architecture that will provide much needed housing.
The site is imagined as a carpet of greenery on which two large suburban ‘villas’ are placed – reflecting an urban strategy used throughout the existing Becontree Estate. Maintaining space between the two villas allows them to key into the scale of the surrounding buildings, and minimises the scheme’s massing by giving views through the site.
The design of the two villas responds to characteristic features of the surrounding houses: eaves heights change around the two buildings, responding to the height of the adjacent homes, and exaggerated dormer windows are used to create dramatic internal spaces.
Two 'villas' on a green carpet