Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Abbey Sports Centre redevelopment approved

By Marco Cillario - Fri 20 January 2017, 2:27 pm

A mixed-use scheme featuring 150 homes for the private rental sector is to be developed on Barking’s Axe Street.

Barking and Dagenham Council gave the go-ahead to the redevelopment of the former Abbey Sports Centre.

The scheme, designed by bptw partnership for developer Lindhill, will include 3,350sq m of commercial and retail space, with a cinema and offices, as well as public realm improvements.

The project will see the site entirely occupied by a building varying in height from two to 13 storeys, with retail and leisure uses at ground level, offices on the first floor and homes at the upper levels.

The residential space will be mainly made up of one and two-bedroom apartments, with a small numbers of three-bedroom homes; 15 will be suitable for wheelchair adaptation.

Lee Fitzpatrick, director at Lindhill, said of the scheme: “It has been a collaborative approach between Lindhill, Barking and Dagenham and bptw. We worked closely to ensure this scheme reflects the future needs of the area’s regeneration.

“This is a prime example of what the right development team and a forward thinking, proactive council can achieve.”

Adele Lawrence, planning case officer, stated in her report to the committee that officers thought that the design of the development was "a well-considered response given the mixed-use nature of the site".

"The architectural and residential quality is considered to be high throughout and would make for an interesting addition to the town centre built form,” she added. “Overall the proposed development is considered to be of an exemplar design and quality, which in turn justifies the higher density and the tall building heights.”

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