150 ha brownfield site, one of the government’s flagship Thames Gateway projects, which is to contain up to 11,000 homes.
The £500,000 masterplan is being commissioned by regeneration agency English Partnerships, the London Development Agency and Bellway Homes, which owns 80% of the Barking Reach site.
In addition to housing, there will be proposals for education, retail and leisure facilities, and Maxwan will try to meet the site’s transport needs – the nearest Tube station is a mile away at Upney. Transport for London is conducting a feasibility study into extending the DLR to Barking, which it hopes to complete by 2005.
I am delighted that Maxwan has been appointed where it is most needed
Mike Appleton, executive director of regeneration quango English Partnerships, said he was delighted to have attracted such high-profile urban designers. He said: “They will bring inspirational thinking and practical ideas to this flagship project in the Thames Gateway.”
Richard Rogers, the chief architecture adviser at the LDA, said: “I’m delighted that Maxwan has been appointed. It will bring its vast experience in creating popular residential communities in Holland to the Thames Gateway, where it is most needed.”