Abbey Road 

This was the delivery team’s first experience of using BIM and Cartwright Pickard helped to make that transition very smooth. The scheme is currently averaging 0.5 snags per flat vs a typical average of 3-3.5 snags per flat.

Russell Lyle, Bouygues Construction

Client  Bouygues
Location  Barking, London
Completion  2015
Cost  £40m


  • RIBA stages 1-6
  • Feasibility study
  • Masterplanning
  • Architectural design
  • Interior design


  • Brick Awards 2016 – Best Large Housing Development (Shortlisted)
The Creative Industries Quarter establishes a new urban identity for an area south west of Barking town centre. The scheme comprises a mix of residential tenures and creative industry accommodation set around a series of courtyards and riverside spaces that have direct links both the existing urban developments to the east and future sites to the west.

The development creates a vibrant and unique place to live and work for both residents and tenants, as well as providing a creative hub and destination for visitors and the local community.

The scheme is over four blocks and includes 269 private sale, shared ownership and social housing apartments, commercial/office, retail and creative industries uses, new public amenity spaces and a riverside walk delivered across two phases.

The design uses a palette of materials in response to the existing buildings, taking inspiration from their industrial nature and robust detailing. A mix of brick and glass are used throughout the scheme.

The site benefits from River Thames aspects and good connections to Barking town centre. Abbey Road aims to reconnect and integrate the area by identifying and creating direct, legible and well-designed routes to and from the surrounding area, prioritising walking, cycling and public transport movement.

Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Abbey Road

Photography Hundven-Clements Photography