Crown House (Cambridge Road)
Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, has submitted a planning application to redevelop Crown House on Cambridge Road into 400 new homes, along with retail and commercial units and improved public realm. This key location, close to Barking train station, is currently dominated by Crown House, an under-used 1960s office block, with car parking. The scheme would create a new area of public realm, connecting with the town centre and providing a new public route to the station, with trees and underplanting improving the overall setting. The project is across two sites adjacent to the Tabernacle Church, and comprises two interlocking towers, with lower
‘shoulder’ buildings to provide a setting for the church. The scale responds to the neighbouring Barking 360 development (next page), creating a cluster of height immediately south of Barking station. The facade of the towers reference the birch trees from which Barking derives its name, while the shoulder buildings are built of a brick that reflects the reds found along the High Street and on the Tabernacle Church. The apartments will be for shared ownership, affordable rent and market rent. Each will have its own private amenity space, and more than 60% will be dual aspect. Because of the site’s proximity to Barking station, the development will be car-free. If the planning application is successful, demolition work will start imminently, with completion due by 2021.
Developer Countryside and Notting Hill Housing Association have started work on delivering the first 532 homes on the 6.87-ha Fresh Wharf site in Barking. Scheduled for completion in autumn 2020, it will be the first phase of a development with 911 homes, a new park, and a selection of local shops, cafes and restaurants. Demolition on the brownfield site started in February 2018, and the whole development is scheduled for completion in 2026. Fresh Wharf will comprise one, two and three-bedroom apartments and threebedroom houses, all making the most of their riverside frontage and city views. The initial concept design proposals for the area were created as part of a joint project by Jestico + Whiles and Glenn Howells Architects, with Metropolitan Workshop subsequently brought on board to update the plan. Fresh Wharf is a 15-minute walk from Barking station with underground, overground and rail connections into central London, and next to the North Circular and A13.
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