Countryside, Peabody and Transport for London agree deal to deliver 98 homes at Barkingside Yard in Ilford
Countryside Partnerships, housing association Peabody and Transport for London’s (TfL) wholly owned commercial property company have completed the agreement to deliver 98 affordable homes on land next to Barkingside Underground Station in Ilford.
Located on land previously used as a builder’s yard and owned by TfL, the residential development is being brought forward as part of TfL’s property company’s wider programme which will see thousands of high-quality new homes, including affordable housing, built on its land across the capital. Known as Barkingside Yard, the scheme will deliver 98 new affordable homes through a mix of Shared Ownership and Social Rent. With construction set to complete in 2025, these new one-, two- and three-bedroom homes will be split across three distinct buildings which range up to five storeys in height.
Sustainability is embedded throughout the design, with the incorporation of air source heat pumps, green roofs, new allotments and communal gardens for residents. Together, this will help improve local biodiversity alongside much of the existing flora being retained and enhanced.
Sustainable transport measures are being prioritised at Barkingside Yard, which will be car-free for residents, except for Blue Badge parking spaces. Cycle storage spaces are being delivered and the development’s adjacent location to Barkingside Underground Station will provide future residents with direct access to London’s Tube network.
Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the wider scheme will also use some of the existing station car parking and surrounding area to deliver a range of improvements for the local community and to enhance the public space outside of Barkingside Underground Station and along Station Approach. As part of this, the station car parking will be reconfigured, new pedestrian crossings and solar lighting will be provided and improved public cycle parking will be delivered through a new purpose-built secure facility. The development will also contribute towards future play space at the Fairlop Waters Country Park, which will benefit the local community.
Ray Toft, Managing Director, London South, Countryside Partnerships, said: “Exemplifying our ethos of working in partnership, we are delighted to have finalised our contracts with TfL and Peabody at Barkingside Yard, allowing us to start building new homes for local residents. With all 98 homes affordable, this development will make a real difference to the community and we’re looking forward to transforming the site with high-quality housing, green spaces and significant public realm improvements.”
Rachel Wood, Senior Property Development Manager at TfL, said: “We’re thrilled that we have now agreed this deal with Countryside Partnerships and Peabody to deliver 98 brand new, affordable homes next to Barkingside Tube station. Now more than ever, it is vital that we continue to use our land to help tackle the housing crisis and deliver the high quality homes the capital urgently needs. This scheme also makes sure that the local community benefits by enhancing the public realm, including improved cycle parking and new pedestrian crossings to support the local area.”
James McMylor, Regional Manager Director of Development at Peabody, added: “Our partnership with TfL and Countryside is great news for Ilford. It will provide much-needed affordable homes for local people in a well-connected part of the capital, while benefitting the wider community and the environment with its impressive green credentials and strong focus on new outdoor spaces. We look forward to welcoming residents to the neighbourhood from 2025.”