Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects - Barking Central Phase 2
Monday, 30 March 2009 04:55
This second phase of development around Barking Town Hall and its new plaza completes an architectural ensemble grouped either side of a compact urban woodland called the Arboretum.
To the immediate east of the new Arboretum is the recently completed apartment building and Learning Centre of Barking Central I which establishes the identity of the whole scheme. To the west and north are four of the new
Barking Central II buildings, and one further residential block on Axe Street to the east of Phase I. They are deliberately mixed in both character and size. The residential accommodation in the scheme contains a variety of high specification 1, 2 and 3 bed units, each with private amenity spaces.
The scheme incorporates a sustainability strategy providing 10% renewables through bio mass heating and wind turbines. Consideration is given to the material choices and the scheme includes both brown and green roofs.
The Learning Centre and Town Hall will attract visitors in search of information and it is hoped that the second phase will not only provide a pleasant place for locals and children to sit out but will attract shoppers and lunchers together with people engaged in more overtly commercial pursuits. It is anticipated that the development will be able to attract a wide range of tenants. The design maintains active ground floor street edges, which ensure a kind of vibrancy and enables natural surveillance of the area.
These are urban residential and office buildings and as a group are deliberately designed as a variety of building forms and heights: An 18 storey residential tower with vibrant recesses; a 4 storey glass clad office building; a 9 storey brick clad residential building. Some have projecting balconies others have recessed balconies. All have ground floor retail space to enhance the street activity.
The color of variously inset recesses and projecting balconies takes its clues from the shaded green balconies of the Phase I units as well as the natural colors of the planting and foliage in the Arboretum which suggests the spring to autumn range of leaf colors.
Building 1 is formed of a façade skin composed of clear glass, colored glass and solid opening light panels. This gives a variegated cladding to the arboretum. The skin opens up to Ripple Road providing a prominent glazed facade.
Building 2 is clad in profiled brick, open at either end to address views to the Town Square and Ripple Road. The profiled brick provides a textured background for the projecting, colored balconies. The open ends of the building incorporate inset balconies.
Building 3 is a tower form clad in smooth brick and punctured to form balcony recesses. The composition of the windows and balcony recesses provides a vertical and dynamic emphasis. The recesses incorporate color to articulate the puncture of the balconies into the brick skin. The balconies and windows at the top of the tower emerge through the brick facade providing articulation and profile to the roofscape.
Building 4 is a residential building addressing Axe Street. It is proposed that this will be a rendered building articulated with light weight perforated metal panel balconies. A brick boundary wall links the building and the landscaped areas and forms the street edge.
Building 5 incorporates a centralised cycle storage at first floor and retail at the ground floor, it is envisaged that this could be a cycle shop to compliment the cycle storage use. The entrance to the cycle store is located adjacent to residential entrance to Phase 1 thus allowing shared surveillance for the entrances. The cycle store does not require the same thermal and acoustic control as the residential, office and retail components of the scheme, therefore a light weight ETFE cladding system is proposed allowing a level of translucency and efficiency of structure.
Article Text and Photographs courtesy of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects.
This article is a follow-up to:
Barking Central I
The scheme comprises 246 one and two-bedroom flats in two new six storey blocks sitting above the two floors of a totally revitalised and extended library. The existing library gets the much wider function of a lifelong learning centre (Barking Learning Centre) with 5,800 sq.m of accommodation. The BLC was part funded and supported by the University of East London, Barking College and Barking Libraries.
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