Building a better Gascoigne

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Our objective at Gascoigne is to create a modern, sustainable new neighbourhood, providing significantly more and better-quality housing, in a mix of sizes, in an attractive, safe and healthy environment.

We're making great progress too. Last year the council gave outline planning permission for an exciting 850 home development along Abbey Road, on the Gascoigne estate in Barking. And, this will complement the work already underway to transform the eastern side of the estate.

Demolition is now underway on both the east and west sides of Gascoigne Road and consultation is underway in a number of areas on the plans to build new homes. It's an exciting time so watch this site for details.

Get involved!

  • Sign up to get regular updates (follow our project by clicking the box in the top tight hand of this page)
  • Find out more about what's going on in your area
  • See our latest plans and take our survey on our latest phase of development between St Edwards Road and Gascoigne Road
  • Take a virtual tour of the latest plans for the area opposite St Joseph's School, hear from the architect and give us your views.
  • Or, we can also offer you a virtual tour and more details of our planned new homes further along St Pauls Road, at the junction of Ripple Road.
  • Local residents have been talking about everything from the number of new homes to the rent levels, and about landscaping, play, parking, and car-free areas. Join the discussion here.

Our objective at Gascoigne is to create a modern, sustainable new neighbourhood, providing significantly more and better-quality housing, in a mix of sizes, in an attractive, safe and healthy environment.

We're making great progress too. Last year the council gave outline planning permission for an exciting 850 home development along Abbey Road, on the Gascoigne estate in Barking. And, this will complement the work already underway to transform the eastern side of the estate.

Demolition is now underway on both the east and west sides of Gascoigne Road and consultation is underway in a number of areas on the plans to build new homes. It's an exciting time so watch this site for details.

Get involved!

  • Sign up to get regular updates (follow our project by clicking the box in the top tight hand of this page)
  • Find out more about what's going on in your area
  • See our latest plans and take our survey on our latest phase of development between St Edwards Road and Gascoigne Road
  • Take a virtual tour of the latest plans for the area opposite St Joseph's School, hear from the architect and give us your views.
  • Or, we can also offer you a virtual tour and more details of our planned new homes further along St Pauls Road, at the junction of Ripple Road.
  • Local residents have been talking about everything from the number of new homes to the rent levels, and about landscaping, play, parking, and car-free areas. Join the discussion here.
  • Gascoigne Residents' Forum

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    20 Oct 2020
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    At Be First, we believe that engagement with residents is the key to designing and building better spaces and buildings, the creation of an environment that nurtures community and wellbeing for all. To do this we need your help, we’re seeking to establish a residents' forum for Gascoigne that can work with Be First ensuring that the concerns, aspirations and priorities of local residents are understood and addressed as the estate develops.

    We would like to recruit 12 local Gascoigne residents’ from all age groups and backgrounds to join our forum. No previous experience is necessary. We want to meet residents who have ideas about the local area and want to get involved. Initially, were seeking to run 5-6 2 hour online workshops between November 2020 and February 2021, with a number of projects and initiatives on Gascoigne that we will involve our newly formed Residents Forum in post February. Residents will receive a £20 voucher per session.

    Please see the Information Pack with more detailed information and our Expression of Interest form. The Expression of Interest needs to be completed by Friday 30th October and emailed to communities@befirst.london. If you need more info or require a paper copy of the form, please get in touch on 020 8227 5104.

  • Thank you for your views!

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    We have submitted our planning application for the new homes for the Gascoigne Estate, on the corner of Gascoigne Road and St Paul’s Road. And, we would like to thank residents for the contributions they have made as a community during our consultation and engagement process.

    Our application includes a summary of all the feedback we have received from you so far.

    We expect the application to be considered by the November 2020 planning committee.

    Between now and then the Council will consult residents formally - asking for views and suggestions. You can see the full planning application on the Council’s website www.lbbd.gov.uk

    Full details at https://yourcall.befirst.london/gascoigne-st-pauls


  • New plans for a greener Gascoigne to meet climate change challenge

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    31 Jul 2020
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    Consultation is now underway on revised proposals to build 526 new homes in the latest phase of redevelopment of the eastern end of Gascoigne estate, as part of the borough’s commitment to meet the climate challenge head on.

    The new flats and houses, which will be built for the council by the authority’s development arm, Be First, are proposed for the site at the junction of St Pauls Road and Ripple Road, a stone’s throw from Barking town centre.

    The eco-friendly designs include blocks ranging from four to 14 storeys arranged around a network of green courtyards and a new public park.

    At least two thirds of the new homes will be let by the council at affordable rents or for shared ownership.

    The development would further extend the area’s reputation for being one of the greenest in the borough.

    Due to its proximity to the town centre, with its array of public transport options, the development is largely car-free, and features almost 900 cycle parking spaces.

    And, the plans also include extensive tree-planting, connection to the local district energy network, green roofs and solar panels, as well as the courtyards and 1.25 acre Gascoigne Park itself.

    Project Director, Dubravka Polic, explains: “We’ve decided to revisit our plans to meet the climate change challenge which faces us all.

    “They still include much-needed, affordable homes for local people but the difference is that the new plans will be centred on greener living and reducing the need for cars helping to make cleaner air quality for this and the next generation.

    “Most things you need – shops, transport and a large range of leisure options - are within easy walking distance, reducing the need for cars and allowing us to introduce a much greener environment.

    “We’re very interested to hear what local residents think about these new ideas for more sustainable living before we submit a formal planning application.

    “And, because we recognise the pace of development in and around Gascoigne is very high, and that people are being consulted a lot, we’re offering prizes to people who participate in our survey.”

    The plans and are available to view online here and the closing date is 23 August.

  • Take a virtual tour

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    21 May 2020
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    Residents are invited to take a virtual tour of a new development planned for the Gascoigne estate –on the corner of Gascoigne Road and St Paul’s Road, opposite St Joseph’s School.

    The designs, commissioned by Be First the council’s pioneering regeneration organisation, are for almost four hundred, spacious, modern houses and flats on the site which is a stone’s throw from Abbey Green. The new homes would be built for the council, and the majority would be available at below-market rents. All of the homes will be connected to the local energy network, which means less carbon emissions and lower fuel bills too.

    The plan also aims to radically improve the landscaping - planting new trees and creating new play areas and active green spaces for residents.

    Be First is inviting residents to take the virtual tour and give their views here.

  • Paint a picture and win

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    21 May 2020
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    The Council’s regeneration organisation, Be First, has launched a creative competition for children at Gascoigne Primary School.

    Be First is asking children to create a piece of art in response to the changes taking place on the Gascoigne estate. Here’s a great lockdown activity for your children with three great prizes.

    There’s a different activity for each of three key stages with an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet prize for the best entry in each group:

    • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): Nursery and Reception
    • Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2
    • Key Stage 2: Year 3-6

    All entries will be published on the Be First website, and via our instagram account, and every entry will also feature in an exhibition at Gascoigne Primary School after the lock down has been lifted.

    See here for more details.

  • Public consultation event 19 March postponed

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    19 Mar 2020

    In the interests of public health, we have decided to postpone Thursday’s (19 March) consultation event
    on ‘Building a better Gascoigne’.

    We will arrange a further public consultation event when we feel it is appropriate to do so.

    In the interim, you can find information about our current proposal here. We encourage you to take a look and let us know what you think about these plans by filling in our survey!
  • Thanks for coming along!

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    12 Mar 2020
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    Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey and came to our consultation meeting.

    We will be reviewing all the responses we received and using them to inform our design development moving forward.

    If you didn’t get a chance to see the designs, you can see them here. And, give us your comments here.

    Our survey closes on 29 March 2020.

    We will be publishing further updates on this website in due course.


  • Help us design the next new homes and great new places too!

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    28 Feb 2020
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    There's plenty going on this month on the Gascoigne, with demolition and building continuing fast.

    We have now drafted designs for the next phase of housing on the eastern side of the estate. Our plan is for 222 new homes for the council on two plots, including 100 private rented flats at the southern end of St Ann's, and 122 affordable homes on King Edwards Road (opposite Boundary Road). It's vitally important that we get your views if the new development is to be a success. You can see them at our consultation event on 10 March.

    And, at the same time we will be asking for your ideas about how we create great spaces to get together and great ways to get around.

    We know that many of you want better connections to the town centre and for travel through the estate into the surrounding neighbourhoods to be easier. So, we want your ideas on everything from walking and cycle routes, to signposts and zebra crossings.

    We also want to discuss how we use the public areas and green spaces on the estate. We're interested to know how we make them fun places, where everyone feels safe, and with a range of uses - quiet spaces, active places, eco-friendly areas and so on. Our ambition is that there's something for everyone to enjoy.

    So, come along and give us your ideas.

    • 2.30 -7.30pm, Tuesday 10 March
    • Gascoigne Primary School (main entrance, Gascoigne Rd)

    All welcome


  • Ringing in a new era

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    22 Jan 2020
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    A new era of quality affordable housing in the borough is truly underway, said Barking and Dagenham Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration this week.

    Cllr Cameron Geddes was speaking after a site tour to see the latest phase of demolition get underway along Ripple Road on Barking’s Gascoigne Estate. It includes the iconic 12 storey tower block, Bamber House, overlooking the town centre.

    Cllr Geddes, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Social Housing, was joined by Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First and Aaron Pearson, Operations Manager at construction firm, Willmott Dixon.

    Cllr Geddes said: “Around 100 years ago Barking and Dagenham led the way in building affordable homes for ordinary Londoners and today we’re leading the way again. This year we will be starting to build over 700 quality homes on the Gascoigne Estate, and hundreds elsewhere in the borough.

    “But it’s not just the start of the rebuilding of this estate it’s the beginning or a new era of quality affordable housing for working people of our borough.”

    Pat Hayes, Be First’s Managing Director, said: “This year we will be pressing down hard on the accelerator to start building 3,000 affordable homes for the council and local people.”

    Be First has teamed up with Willmott Dixon to provide time-lapse video footage of the work as it progresses. Monthly updates will be available to watch at https://yourcall.befirst.london/gascoigne

    Many of Willmott Dixon’s team from the Aberfeldy Village regeneration work in nearby Tower Hamlets, as well as the recently completed Dudley House in Westminster, are now involved at Gascoigne Estate.

    Chris Tredget, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon in London and East, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our regeneration skills to Barking and work alongside Be First to create a fantastic new living environment for hundreds of people on the east side of Gascoigne Estate.”

    The plans for the Gascoigne estate include:

    • attractive, tree-lined public spaces, including an entirely new park – the 5,000 square metre Gascoigne Square – with public art and striking designs in a mixture of traditional and modern styles;
    • energy supplied by an array of rooftop photo-voltaic cells and connection to the district heating system, with energy savings expected to be 40% of CO2 emissions against the Building Regulations; and
    • pedal power will also have a big part to play as Be First plans to install over 1,000 cycle parking spaces, recognising both the low car ownership levels in the area, the convenience of nearby public transport and an ambition to encourage active travel in the borough.

  • Help us design and plan the next new homes

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    19 Jan 2020
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    We have now drafted designs for the next phase of housing on the eastern side of the estate. Our plan is for 220 new homes for the council on two plots, including 98 private rented flats at the southern end of St Ann's, and 122 affordable homes on King Edwards Road (opposite Boundary Road). It's vitally important that we get your views if the new development is to be a success. Please come along to our drop-in session and tell us what you think.

    4-7pm Wednesday 22 January 2020 Gascoigne Community Centre, 124-128 St Ann's, Barking IG11 7AD.