Barking Central

London. 2010

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2010
  • Cost: £71 Million

Barking Central links commercial needs with civic engagement to breathe life into what had become something of a forgotten Thames Gateway backwater. A cluster of new buildings – a diverse mix of forms, heights, tones and textures – are positioned around the existing Barking Town Hall to capture a civic square and reintroduce historical routes. Phase one, completed in 2007, is a U-shaped block of apartments perching on a colonnade of v-shaped props. The apartments sit above the new Barking Learning Centre that has been reinvented out of an aging public library. Phase two, completed in 2010, comprises five more buildings; three residential blocks, a 66-bed hotel and a bicycle shed for 250 bikes. The Lemonade Building, the tallest of the residential towers at 17-storeys, signposts the project from the A13 and beyond. Drawing inspiration from the site’s former R Whites factory and the leaf tones of the central arboretum, the overall colour scheme not only binds together the cluster of buildings but emphasises the protruding balconies and recessed loggias. The project is the result of a drawn-out dance between public and private interests and stands as a lived-in symbol of the wider-scale regeneration of the area.

Awards

New London Award for Joint Overall Winner 2011 New London Award for Placemaking 2011 RIBA Award for Architecture 2011 Building for Life Award 2010 Building for Life Silver Standard 2010 Housing Design Award 2010 London Planning Awards: Best New Public Space 2010 World Architecture Festival: Commended 2010 Brick Awards: Best Use of Brick and Clay Products 2009 British Construction Industry Awards: Local Authority Award 2008 European Prize for Public Urban Space 2008 MIPIM Best Mixed Use Award 2007 Housing Design Award 2005

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19/09/2019

Open House London 2019

This weekend (21-22 September) AHMM will be participating in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives access to hundreds of buildings across the city, some of which are normally closed to the public. Three AHMM buildings will be offering architect-led tours: New Scotland Yard, The Bower, and White Collar Factory. The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be taking part. On Sunday, AHMM will be repeating its very popular Mini City Home Inventors event for Open House Families. See the full Open House programme here.

 



 

19/09/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place this weekend, and six AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

22/08/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September, and seven AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of Adelaide Wharf, New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

New London Award Winners

12/07/2011

New London Award Winners

We attended the New London Awards this lunchtime at the Guildhall where our Angel Building won the Working Category and Barking Central won the Placemaking Category. Barking Central was also joint overall winner.


The New London Awards from New London Architecture seek to award sustainable architecture that improves the City with high quality design whilst respecting the mix of old and new.


All shortlisted projects are featured in an NLA book: New London Projects 2011/12. The shortlisted projects will also feature in a permanent exhibition opening in September at the NLA galleries in The Building Centre.



 

Building Awards Shortlist

04/02/2011

Building Awards Shortlist

We have been shortlisted for three 2011 Building Magazine Awards: Housing Project of the Year: Barking Central, Project of the Year: Angel Building and Architectural Practice of the Year.


The Building Awards recognise the industry’s top performers and encourages sustained performance and further development throughout the sector.


The winners will be announced on Thursday 7th April. For more information visit the Building Awards website here.



 

2011 Civic Trust Awards Finalists Announced

18/01/2011

2011 Civic Trust Awards Finalists Announced

The Angel Building and Barking Central are amongst the finalists for a 2011 Civic Trust Award. The projects were selected from over 333 entries and are amongst only 57 shortlisted projects.  The Civic Trust Awards is an independent built environment awards scheme established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Successful projects must also be culturally, socially or economically beneficial, and make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.


The winners will be announced on Friday 4th March at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. For further information please visit the Civic Trust Awards website.



 

Barking Central wins a Building for Life Award

19/11/2010

Barking Central wins a Building for Life Award

Barking Central was one of the ten new housing schemes that won a Building for Life Award last night at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in London. 
The winners were chosen from the 55 schemes that achieved a Building for Life Standard in September.  Wayne Hemingway, chair of Building for Life, said:


‘Building for Life has campaigned for good design in new housing for nearly 10 years. This work is paying off. We’re finally getting new homes and neighbourhoods that look and work better.'


Building for Life is an initiative led by CABE and the Home Builders Federation, with Design for Homes.

The Building for Life standard is awarded to projects which demonstrate a commitment to high design standards, good place making and sustainable development. 

For more information about Building for Life click here



 

13/09/2010

Barking Central awarded 2010 CABE Building for Life Silver Standard

Building for Life promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry. Good quality housing design can improve social wellbeing and quality of life by reducing crime, improving public health, easing transport problems and increasing property values and this year, 50 per cent more housing schemes qualified for a Building for Life standard. Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, said: 


‘This suggests to me we might finally be starting to deliver good quality housing on a regular basis.’ 


Wayne Hemingway the Chair of Building for Life wrote that:


‘The Building for Life assessor thought that Barking Central adds up to more than the sum of its parts. It has transformed the heart of Barking by creating a truly civic space around the existing town hall and library…[it] is an impressive achievement.’


For more about the Building for Life standard visit the CABE website.




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