As project leader for Sheppard Robson, Ben gained detail planning permission for 1,500 new homes at Barking Riverside in 2008; the first phase, called Buzzards Mouth Court, was awarded a 2010 housing design award, the judges commenting that ‘the design provides family homes with qualities rarely found in London for generations’. The team was subsequently commissioned to undertake the detailed design and working drawings for the construction of the development. The first phase, plot 2.12 comprises 50 houses of three different types and an apartment block containing 47 units. The second phase comprises 67 houses of six different house types, and the third phase has 49 houses of three different types, with an apartment block containing 80 units. All three phases are now complete. Whilst tenure-blind, each phase contains 40% affordable housing.

All homes are passively designed to reduce solar gain, with 50% of the pitched roofs facing due south, providing space for micro-renewable energy generation. The remaining roof areas are covered with green and brown roofs, reducing rain water run-off and encouraging biodiversity and bedding the building further into the landscape.


Client: Bellway Homes
Area: 1.5ha
Construction cost: £33m
Completion: March 2013