Gascoigne East Estate

Skelly & Couch was appointed for Phase 2 of the ongoing renewal of the Gascoigne East estate in Barking, East London.

This substantial commission (three blocks of 500 flats each) is part of a team led by White Arkitekter which won a competition, organised by Barking & Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, Be First, to design phase 2 of the estate.

The development, which is one of London’s largest regeneration schemes, will deliver Scandinavian-style family apartments and smaller homes built with communal gardens and high-quality public realm. The brief requires the use of off-site construction methods, of which the team have strong and varied experience.

On being appointed, Skelly & Couch Director, Tristan Couch, said: “We are extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to contribute to such an outstanding project. We work on a wide range of residential developments, from student accommodation at Scape Greenwich and the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize contender Chadwick Hall at Roehampton University, to a BIM prototype home for developer Pocket Living.

“Uniting all our projects is a commitment to designing sustainable buildings which not only use less energy, but perform environmentally and socially, and stand the test of time for future generations.”

The award-winning environmental engineers worked with an incumbent ESCO (Energy Service Company) for heating and a private wire network to help the client develop a MUSCO (Multi-utility service company) to enable single point provision of heat, power, water, drainage and broadband across the site.