Tanner Street Gateway
“THE AWARD-WINNING TANNER STREET DEVELOPMENT IN BARKING, EAST LONDON, HERALDS THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME IN SOCIAL HOUSING.”
YVETTE COOPER, THE GUARDIAN, 2006
Tanner Street Gateway is a dense, street-based urban quarter in Barking, East London. A ladder of intimately scaled streets replace three extant and problematic high rise blocks, previously dividing residential neighbourhoods from the town centre.
The new scheme re stitches the urban grain, and creates a delightful spatial link to the amenities and transport links of the town centre. At the heart of the 165 unit scheme is a delightful tree lined public square where a spectacular 10 storey landmark building, with a doctor’s surgery at its base, marks the intersection of a number of important public routes. In all locations streets are heavily overlooked by residents. Balconies, terraces and numerous front doors create a sense of ownership and the opportunity for people to personalise the front of their properties.
The project received planning permission in July 2003 just 13 weeks after the design team was established.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were integral to the design process from the outset. The speed and efficiency of the process and the quality of the resulting scheme is a great example of a close working relationship between local authority, design team and East Thames Housing Association who were the developer and client.
Tanner Street Gateway achieved a phased completion between January 2006 and January 2007 -the for-sale units sold off-plan.