Architect avoided value engineering

The first houses in Stitch Studio’s redevelopment of a 1960s estate in east London have been completed.

The £22 million Goresbrook Village scheme in Dagenham replaces three 16-storey apartment blocks dating from the 1960s with family houses and two small blocks of flats. 

A village shop and public space are included, as well as 149 homes, 98 of them “affordable”.

The scheme is being developed by Countryside Properties and the homes will be managed by Barking & Dagenham council.

Sally Lewis, director of Stitch, said: “Although there is a net loss of housing - the density on the existing estate was crazy for its location - the scheme greatly improves the balance of tenure, residential quality and range of unit sizes in the neighbourhood – improving energy efficiency and the relationship of the site with its suburban context.

“We designed very simple houses so we could retain the elements that people love in their homes: big windows, efficient and well-planned space, lots of storage and generous, covered entrance porches overlooked by kitchen windows. It’s great that the houses have been built exactly as we designed them – simple and robust with no need for value engineering.”

Stitch masterplanned the site and designed 60% of the housing, with the rest coming from Mae Architects.