The Leys Estate

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Client:
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Borough: 
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Units and density: 
158 homes, 109m2 commercial space, 186hrh

Tenure: 
Social rent and affordable mix

Status: 
Detailed Planning Consent granted 2013

Awards: 
Shortlisted for Housing Design Award 2014, Selected Project for our winning submission of Architect of the Year Award 2014 

Karakusevic Carson were appointed by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to redevelop two sections of The Leys estate – a typical post-war suburban housing development located to the east of Dagenham town centre, and currently host to a series of rundown 1960’s maisonette blocks, cul-de-sacs and garage sites. The brief was to provide a mix of apartments and single-family dwellings, offering residents a better street based neighbourhood and improved private amenity space. 

Karakusevic Carson Architects

The Masterplan comprises a series of house typologies which form a mix of linear and perimeter blocks planned around a new shared streetscape designed to rationalise and improve the coherence of the existing estate. A four-storey apartment building to the northern boundary buffers the wider site from the main road. Beyond this a mixture of terraces, mews, and courtyard houses establish a traditional street pattern with front door access that promotes active frontages and safer streets. A varied rhythm of pitched roofs relate to the form of the retained dwellings and works with the orientation of the blocks to maximise sunlight to courtyards and back-gardens. Views are opened-up to the park with new physical links formed via a gentle ha-ha to the west and a new pedestrian access to the north.

The Leys is an example of our approach in assisting empowered communities and leading local authorities, cultivating a sense of involvement in the regeneration of their neighbourhood. Extensive community consultations with local residents and Councillors were held throughout the design process, informing our strategy from the outset. Key discussions included those with the Local Parks’ Trust to advise on the treatment of common boundaries, and with the Headmaster of the local Primary School with whom we developed a series of proposals for the public realm with which they actively engaged and as result even include a bird-watching tower and natural play area.

Karakusevic Carson worked closely on the Public Realm with East to create a series of exemplary streets, gardens and playspaces strongly supported by the Design for London team at the GLA.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team

Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects

Landscape and Public Realm: East

Planning: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

Engineering: Peter Brett Associates

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