Family friendly housing award for Barking Riverside

Bellway Homes has received a Housing Design Award for its Barking Riverside development in the Thames Gateway. The award for the most family friendly housing at Buzzards Mouth Court in Barking Riverside was designed by architects, Sheppard Robson.

 The Barking Riverside development is a joint venture Between Bellway and the GLA to deliver 10,800 new homes on a 443 acre site that runs between the A13 and the River Thames, within the Borough of Barking and Dagenham and is one of the largest new mixed use urban developments in the country.

The scheme will provide a range of mixed tenure homes to meet the needs of both affordable and private residents. Arising from the development, the area will see improvements to transport, new community facilities including new schools and improvements to 2km of the Thames river frontage.

In making the award, the judges took into consideration a number of critical factors including the relationship between the development and its surrounding area, the sustainability of the construction, planning and internal layouts of the homes and the appearance and security of the development.

Richard Burrows, Managing Director of Bellway (Essex) said: “Our principal challenge was to create a new community in an area that did not have an established location. We want to deliver a new development that would possess all the amenities that you would expect of a modern and vibrant 21st century community – new schools, commercial facilities, parks, local shops and leisure spaces set within a high quality environment.

“The development of Barking Riverside offers London’s workers a range of housing that is affordable and within a realistic commuting time of the capital. So far, the development is proving very successful, the feedback from the residents has been extremely positive, they like the feeling of living in a park environment with close proximity to water, they also like the contemporary design of the homes and the living space offered.”

When complete Barking Riverside will feature seven different neighbourhoods and a mix of tenures and housing types which will border extensive parkland and Thames riverside. The development will provide a variety of living spaces to suit people at different phases in their lives meeting the specific needs of young families to elderly residents.

The Housing Design Awards were originally established in 1947 by Aneurin Bevan and are now recognised across the industry; supporters include: Communities and Local Government, RIBA, RICS, Homes and Communities Agency and the Mayor of London.