A 3D printed model showing the future look of Barking Riverside has been unveiled, the largest in the country.
A collaboration between 3D printer Hobs Studio and developer Barking Riverside Limited (a joint venture between L&Q and the Greater London Authority), the model shows how the area will look when the 10,800-home development completes in 15 years.
The model, including LED lighting, is meant to be adaptable and will be updated depending on how the detailed plans evolve over time.
“We met up with L&Q and we explained the capabilities of 3D printing to them, that we could make the model faster and that it would have a lot more details than traditional methods,” said Michelle Greeff, managing director of Hobs Studio.
“3D printing is the second industrial revolution,” said Nathan Stockill, modelshop manager at Hobs Studio. “Up until this point, we were always limited by what we could do with our hands. But now whatever you can think you can make.”
Hobs used data from planes scanning London through Lidar technology (laser radar) and combined it with information from the scheme’s architects, Sheppard Robson, for the 3D printing.
“The time you would traditionally spend producing the model, labouring over it, can now be invested in the finishing at the end of the project, emphasising the level of detail of the 3D print,” added Stockill.
Barking Riverside is being developed on a 180-ha brownfield site on the northern banks of the river Thames, home to three power stations and a landfill site until the 1990s.
The site will include a train station, a promenade, wildlife reserves and a marina.
Work on phase one is already under way: 734 homes have already been built on the site and a further 414 are under construction, with completion expected by summer 2017.
The scheme also includes scope for shops, restaurants, community and leisure facilities, public squares, healthcare and schools.
The area will be served by a £263 million extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking overground line.
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