Bouygues Development reaches key milestone at Barking’s Abbey Road Creative Ice House Quarter

Bouygues Development, specialists in mixed use developments, regeneration projects, the private rented sector and student accommodation, announces the completion of the first phase of its Abbey Road Creative Industries Quarter scheme now known as The Ice House Quarter in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The new Creative Industries Quarter, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, forms an integral part of the wider regeneration of Barking’s town centre. The two-phase project comprises four new buildings providing commercial and creative spaces at ground-floor level along with 278 apartments designed to achieve level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Located within a local conservation area bound to the west by the River Roding and to the east by Abbey Road, the Ice House Quarter sits adjacent to The Malthouse and The Granary, two listed buildings from the late nineteenth-century industrial era that have been converted and extended to provide workspace for the creative industry along with residential accommodation and office space.

Bouygues Development has sold both phases of the development to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, which will rent the residential units.

The first phase comprises 134 residential units, 52 car parking spaces and 9,700 sq ft of creative and commercial space. The second phase of the scheme currently underway will provide a further 144 apartments and 5,400 sq ft of creative and commercial space across two additional buildings to be let by the Council, the majority of which will be let to people in employment.

To mark the completion of the first phase, a ribbon was cut by David Lunts, the Greater London Authority’s Executive Director of Housing and Land, Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, and Nicolas Guérin, Managing Director of Bouygues Development. A time capsule was also filled and will be buried to mark the start of the second phase.

Commenting on the milestone, Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing & Land, said:

“With the unprecedented demand for housing in London, the Creative Industries Quarter is an excellent example of what can be done when the Mayor, the local council and the private sector all work together to deliver affordable homes for hard working Londoners. We need a wider range of low cost housing and market sale homes, supported by strong new measures like our proposed London Housing Bank and Housing Zones to truly get to grips with the enormous demand for housing of every tenure in London.”

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, said:

“Barking and Dagenham is London’s Newest Opportunity and we welcome investment into the borough. We have a proven track record of providing affordable living and working conditions in a well-connected location. We are investing and supporting housing and creative industries that will enhance the borough.

The Abbey Road Ice House Quarter is an ambitious creative industry regeneration scheme that will attract cultural businesses. The two-phase project comprises four new buildings providing commercial and creative spaces. The first phase comprises 134 homes and the second phase will provide 144 homes that achieve level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The area echoes Barking’s commercial past and the history of the borough shines through to make it a fantastic place to work or live. We are very proud of our industrial past and excited about the future of the borough.”

Nicolas Guérin, Managing Director of Bouygues Development, added:

“Bouygues Development is very pleased to see the first phase of this exciting scheme come to fruition. This development reflects the strong and trusting relationship between Barking and Dagenham, the Greater London Authority and Bouygues Development. We have a long and successful tradition of partnering with local authorities to provide schemes that serve communities and meet their housing needs. This new riverside quarter will offer new places to live, work and create, whilst respecting the environment and the historical and artistic heritage of the area. We are also proud of the high quality product our construction partner, Bouygues UK, has delivered.”