William Street Quarter, Barking

Privately funded social housing

· Credit: Timothy Soar

AHMM for Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Contract value: £35m. GIA: 24,024m2


This clear, simple masterplan creates a series of streets and spaces which makes a new place where previously the soulless Lintons Estate cut a hole in the urban fabric. This scheme is the first totally privately funded affordable social housing scheme in the UK, and provides a generous family friendly mix of mews houses clad in variegated brickwork and smaller units in apartment buildings.

  • · Credit: Rob Parrish
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar

With slightly fewer units than the original housing estate, it provides significantly more habitable rooms, demonstrating a strong commitment to family housing. The houses and ground floor duplex apartments have back gardens, reflecting a traditional London street pattern and creating opportunities for social interaction.  

The jury believes the overriding achievement of this scheme is the delivery of privately funded social housing in a high-density, low-rise set of streets and gardens, replacing a deteriorating estate with a new urban fabric meaningfully connected to its neighbourhood.

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