A two phase development as part of the wider regeneration of Canning Town, 95-99 Barking Road sits on the site of a former petrol station and makes a strong statement about the future vibrancy and success of the area. The objective for the development was to provide high quality homes together with commercial space to service the community and the development achieves its aims with a total of 100 new affordable homes in a series of distinct blocks.
The scheme includes high quality communal amenity space with compact courtyards as well as private amenity space for each homes: balconies for the apartments and private gardens for family homes.
The development of a new, active commercial frontage has contributed to increased surrounding vitality and diversity and complements regeneration plans for the market area and shopping parade; its active use adds to the perceived levels of security on the street with visible movement.
The site is characterised by a mature, protected London Plane tree which became a key shaper of the scheme with the five distinct blocks appearing to ‘slide’ past one another to form a compositional framing for the tree.