Top landscape designers vie for UK’s largest brownfield project

Some of the world’s finest landscape architects have been shortlisted for a project earmarked for the UK’s largest brownfield site.

They are among six international design teams whose work will be continuously scrutinised by a panel to ensure high standards. Gustafson Porter, Grant Associates and Vogt are vying for part of the Barking Riverside project, a 150ha site in the Thames Gateway. Two-fifths of the land will be open space, including an ecology park. The site will include 10,000 houses, providing homes for 26,000 people. Broadway Malyan, Birk Nielsen and Karres en Brands are also in the competition run by Barking Riverside, a joint venture between English Partnerships and Bellway. Two teams will be chosen shortly for the first two phases, involving landscaping work and the construction of 4,000 homes. Duncan Innes, director at Barking Riverside said: “We are adopting a rigorous selection -process to ensure the best design approaches.” Barking Riverside launched an international design competition for phases one and two of the project in March this year. Outline planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham in November 2006. The first homes could be delivered by 2008.

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