Tanner Street Gateway is an award-winning dense street-based, mixed tenure urban quarter in Barking, East London. A ladder of intimately scaled streets, replace three extant and problematic high rise slab blocks, previously dividing residential neighbourhoods from the town centre. The new scheme re-stitches the urban grain, and creates a delightful spatial link to the amenities and transport links of the town centre.
At the heart of the 165 unit scheme of both apartments and houses is a delightful tree lined public square where a spectacular 10 storey landmark building marks the intersection of a number of important public routes. In all locations streets are heavily overlooked by residents. Balconies, terraces and numerous front doors create a sense of ownership and the opportunity for people to personalise the front of their properties.
The scheme is the first major project to be built as a result of a collaborative relationship between Peter Barber Architects and Jestico + Whiles stretching over a 10 year period.
The project received planning permission in July 2003 just 13 weeks after the design team was established.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were integral to the design process from the outset. The speed and efficiency of the process and the quality of the resulting scheme is a great example of a close working relationship between local authority, client and design team.