A programme of art, culture and new infrastructure to reimagine the future of the UK’s biggest council housing estate
Woodward Road designed by Morris+Company will be one of Be First’s first schemes, delivering 56 affordable rental homes, refurbishment of the former library building and new community extension to be enjoyed by the wider community. The new homes are designed for residents ranging from single occupants to couples and families, to create a balanced new community, along a new, intimate mews street, within the wider Becontree estate. The new street is interspersed with a range of open spaces from private gardens, balconies and terraces, to shared communal spaces for larger neighbourhood gatherings.
Morris+Company are a company of architects that were founded in 2018 and were an evolution of Duggan Morris Architects. Their buildings are the result of rich and constructive discourse with their clients. Their methodology is inquisitive, explorative and powerful, and gives them new perspectives on a brief. The company is made of 50 members and their base in Copenhagen acts as a test-bed for a more deeply collaborative approach, as well as a doorway into a new design territory. They are co-founders of Londonon, a research programme which advocates design learning through global co-operation.