The redevelopment of Barking town centre has entered an exciting new phase, as the transformation of the former Barking Working Men’s Club nears completion.
Main contractors KDJ Developments and architects Boast Architects are carrying out the £6.5m project for the Inner London Group, who will deliver the project to the Estuary Housing Association. The majority of the project has been funded by the Housing and Communities Agency, with the remainder being privately funded by the Estuary Housing Association.
The scheme has involved the creation of 79 apartment units above a car park area and 10,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor. The eight storey building contains a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with bathroom facilities.
The new Kings Reach complex features an attractive rendered facade with a variety of finishes, including coloured render, masonry and terracotta tiles. An interesting aspect of the design is the way in which the building is articulated in order to provide the maximum of sunlight to as many units as possible, giving the apartments a light and spacious feel.
A small amount of external landscaping will take place, including a small landscaped area directly above the commercial area.
Project Manager, Robert Lombardelli, said: “This is a very tight site and the building takes up the majority of the site itself. However, the teams have worked well together and the project is advanced. We are entering the final fit out stage and I expect that some of the apartments will be complete in January, ahead of the scheduled March 2012 completion date.”
The Kings Reach development is part of the part of the regeneration of Barking Town Centre, which will include improved connections between Barking Station and areas to the north of the Northern Relief Road. In addition, the redevelopment of Lintons Estate will accommodate 600 new high quality homes an enterprise centre for small business start ups.
KDJ Developments is a developer of quality homes, designing and building high specification properties to suit a wide range of needs in terms of price and size. The company prides themselves on developing homes that meet the practical needs of their customers whilst at the same time bringing them pride and pleasure. It is the aim of KDJ Developments to undertake every project – however large or small – with the same enthusiasm and professionalism, producing a home that everyone can be proud of.
Boast Associates are a RIBA registered architect’s practice, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The practice was established in 1996 on the strength of a number of commercial, retail, industrial and residential projects. Since then, they have accrued a wide range of experience in various sectors, including residential, offices, industrial, leisure, retail and interior design. Their spacious offices are fully equipped with current CAD technology which enables them to promote their work with 3D photo-realistic visualisations.