Barking Learning Centre

Essex, Barking. 2007

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2007
  • Cost: £38 Million

In reinventing an aging public library into a modern social hub below six floors of new housing, Barking Learning Centre plays a key role in the urban regeneration of Barking’s town centre. This mixed-use building – the first phase of Barking Central – is composed of distinct segments; a U-shaped block of apartments perches atop a colonnade of v-shaped props, which lines the two-storey ‘plinth’ occupied by the Learning Centre. The plinth extends in a west wing containing a small gallery and classrooms, and defining the southern edge of the new Town Square, into which the Learning Centre’s new uses spill. On its exterior, the building derives its identity from patterns: repeating balconies animate the residential façades with colour and depth while the library’s mosaic skin of aluminium and glazed panels loosely wraps the existing structure to create new double-height interstitial spaces for entry, exhibition and repose. The ground floor’s informal layout encourages diverse use by the community, while the 246 one and two bedroom apartments above bring activity to the area across all hours.

Awards

British Construction Industry Awards: Local Authority Award 2008 European Prize for Public Urban Space 2008 MIPIM Best Mixed Use Award 2007

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Client: Redrow Regeneration (Barking) Ltd & London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects


Project Manager: Gill Associates


Quantity Surveyor: Nigel Rose LLP


Structural / Civil Engineer: Buro Happold Ltd


Services Engineer: Faber Maunsell


Landscape Architect: Grant Associates


Public Realm Architect: muf architecture / art


Fire Consultant: Buro Happold Ltd (Fedra)


Accessibility Consultant: Buro Happold Ltd


Highways Consultant: Buro Happold Ltd


Acoustic Consultant: Bickerdike Allen Partners


Planning Consultant: Hepher Dixon (246 scheme) and Robson Planning Consultancy (up to 206 scheme)


Planning Supervisor: Tweeds Project Services


Approved Inspector: NHBC


Main Contractor: Ardmore Construction Ltd


Graphic Design: Studio Myerscough


Sub-Contractors:


M Price Ltd (BLC Cladding & Glazing)


Cladding UK (Residential cladding)


Suppliers:


Leiab ( Resi Windows)


Schüco (BLC Cladding) Quinze & Milan / SCP and Vitra (BLC Furniture) BLC


Stakeholders: London Borough of Barking & Dagenham


Barking College and University of East London 


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