Weston Homes has received planning permission for its proposals to regenerate the Town Quay Wharf site on Barking’s waterfront to provide a new circa €58.6m (£50m) (DGV) mixed-use development of 147 newly built apartments and 1,000m² of commercial space designed around a public plaza overlooking the Mill Pond and River Roding. To create a new vision for the Town Quay Wharf development Weston Homes has working closely with PRP Architects, heritage consultants Iceni, the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and Be First, the Borough’s pioneering urban regeneration company.
Located off Abbey Road and covering over 5,630m², Town Quay Wharf will provide 147 new one, two and three-bedroom apartments of mixed tenure, 1,000m² of ground-floor commercial space, located in three new buildings designed around a public plaza overlooking the waterfront. On the landward side of the development are the green open areas of Abbey Green. Designed to reconnect the town centre to the waterfront, the new development at Town Quay Wharfwill provide three striking buildings. an 11-storey and two 7-storey respectively, with pedestrian boulevards between them, opening onto the new public plaza on the waterfront.
The architecture has been inspired by the adjacent mill and maritime buildings with pitched roofs with dormer balconies, industrial warehouse-style brick facades in contrasting colours, floor-to-ceiling windows, generously sized balconies and collonaded raised ground floors. Of the 147 apartments, 85 will be for private sale, with the balance comprising shared ownership and affordable rent homes. Residents will have use of a resident’s-only podium garden with the apartments on the upper floors offering panoramic views over the Mill Pond or Abbey Green. On the ground floor of the buildings there are food and beverage commercial units and workshops and artist’s studios, alongside entrance foyers for the apartments on the upper floors. Scheme is complete with parking bays and cycle storage.
Bob Weston, Chairman & Chief Executive of Weston Homes said: “Weston Homes is delighted to have gained a resolution to grant planning for our new Town Quay Wharf development on the waterfront at Barking. Town Quay Wharf will help to reconnect Barking town centre with the waterfront and create a vibrant new waterfront development with apartments benefitting from waterside and parkside setting. Weston Homes has a track record of delivery in Barking and this is the company’s tenth residential development in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Town Quay Wharf and Abbey Quays represents some €469m (£400m) (GDV) of new development on the Barking waterfront underlining Weston Homes role as one of the leading residential developers in the local area.”