Gascoigne East, London, UK

Swedish practice White Arkitekter won a competition in spring 2018 to design the next phase of one of London’s largest regeneration schemes, the Gascoigne East estate in Barking. Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, chose White’s proposal for phase 2, which features modular Scandinavian-style family apartments and smaller homes with communal gardens.

White were appointed under a Lead Consultancy set-up with responsibility to manage and appoint key engineering and specialist disciplines across RIBA stages 1-7. The project was the first major project for White in the UK.

Image credits: White Arkitekter

Plan A’s Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation and distribution of sub-consultancy agreements including scopes and responsibility matrices. This allowed the Architect to focus on their core design skills.
  • Sub-consultant invoice management.
  • Change control including additional works.
  • Design management documentation including trackers, execution plans and weekly progress reports. The benefit of the trackers was to provide clarity on what decisions needed to be made and when.
  • Overall design schedule in addition to design programmes for each design stage.
  • Tracking and resolution of design issues.
  • Definition of design deliverables and level of detail per stage.
  • Support in the procurement process on behalf of the Architect at Contractor appointment (two stage design and build route).
  • Chairing Client and Team meetings and reporting on progress.
  • Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes.
  • Project: Gascoigne East, London, UK

  • Sector: Residential

  • Architect: White Arkitekter

  • Client: Be First

  • Structural Engineer: Civic Engineering

  • MEP Engineering: Skelly and Couch

  • Plan A Appointed: RIBA Stage 2

Image credits: White Arkitekter

The Plan A Design Managers literally became part of our White team. They became trusted advisors to us in a very short space of time.

Linda Thiel, Partner, White Arkitekter
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