Contract value £130.0m
Size 45,000 m2
Sunday Times British Homes Awards Development of the Year 2013. - Barking Riverside is a brownfield site of over 170 hectares. Sheppard Robson has developed the masterplan for the 45 hectare stage one of the development, and designed the mixed housing that will occupy the site, delivering a total of 1,400 homes. Buzzard Mouth Courts represents the first phase of this development, with a total of 357 homes now complete.
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Buzzard Mouth Courts is designed to be a wonderful place to live, with a generous provision of quality public space, comfortable modern homes, and streets and pathways that are welcoming, pleasant, and safe. The houses are arranged in terraces around central communal gardens which contain children’s play areas, fruit trees and provide sustainable drainage in the event of heavy rainfall. The house frontages make a living backdrop to the public areas, giving natural surveillance. All routes are accessible to wheelchairs and buggies, as well as pedestrians and bicycles.
A number of different housing types have been developed for Buzzard Mouth Courts, from modern interpretations of traditional London terraces to innovative courtyard houses. All the homes provide spacious accommodation, exceeding current design standards, with large windows giving good daylight and views. The different housing creates variety across the site, ensuring that the development can accommodate a mixed community. Buzzard Mouth Courts won the Housing Design Awards in 2010, with the judges commenting, ‘Houses with qualities rarely found in London for generations.’
The rich existing landscapes also provide a wonderful resource. The ancient Buzzard Mouth Creek makes a natural corridor through the site, and a network of ponds which were originally used to produce ice form a series of public gardens. This work has been recognised in a highly commended award in the Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2012.