Anne Mews was delivered in partnership with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham with a clear vision to deliver high quality homes using best in class architecture and design using a social housing budget. These were the first new council homes to be developed in Barking for a quarter of a century. A mix of 31 family homes – including four, three and two-bedroom houses – are enlivened by large ground-floor windows which look out onto the shared surface street designed for kids to play in and residents to park on.
First Base worked with AHMM and Maccreanor Lavington Architects to deliver a traditional terraced house typology which focused on the simple application of high-quality materials and a generosity of scale not often experienced in local authority buildings. The scheme draws on the rich heritage of the local area and also corrects some of the mistakes of the past. The finished buildings create street frontage, have a welcoming streetscape, enhance a clear and safe pedestrian route and streets alongside communal courtyards. Anne Mews was completed in 2008 and is the initial phase of a wider masterplan for the King William Street Quarter to redevelop the site previously occupied by the notorious Lintons Estate.