Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects set to design new mixed tenure housing development at Lymington Fields

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa) has been chosen to design a new mixed tenure housing development at Lymington Fields in the Chadwell Heath area of Barking and Dagenham.

The 20 acre site is one of the first to be released by the Mayor of London as part of his drive to unlock development on public sector land.

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects’ competition winning scheme will create 362 new homes on the site of the old Barking Technical College, comprising 213 for private sale, 104 for affordable rent and 45 for shared ownership through housing provider, Home Group. All homes will meet the Mayor’s new London Plan standards and Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The scheme is due to start on site at the end of this year with the first phase of housing completing in 2016. The site also includes a 2-form entry primary school, which has been located at the centre of the site, fronting the new central square and forming a community hub at the heart of the development.

Carl Vann, Director at PTEa said:

“We have worked hard with Lovell and the design team to develop integrated residential neighbourhoods which have individual character and identity. The design approach avoids suburban sprawl in favour of a mixture of tree-lined avenues, terraces, mews streets and courts and a variety of innovative and flexible house types appropriate to the local area and market.”

Peter Taylor, Regional Director for Lovell said:

“This is an exciting scheme which will create an attractive neighbourhood where people want to live at this key site. The development’s high-quality, well-designed family homes with gardens will include properties both for sale and rent as well as shared ownership homes for sale, providing an opportunity for local people to get on to the housing ladder.”

Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards architects

Client: Lovell

Start on site: end 2013

Completion: late 2017

Value: £63.3million (construction cost £37million)