Dagenham ‘fortresses’ up for housing award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 June 2015

Some neighbouring residents said the bungalows resemble a prison

Some neighbouring residents said the bungalows resemble a prison


They were described as looking like a prison when they were first built but some controversial bungalows have been shortlisted for a housing award.

The architects who designed the one and two bedroom homes in Luke Allsopp Square, Dagenham, are in the running in the housing category of the New London Awards 2015.

But bungalows’ appearance caused outcry from homeowners across the road in Rainham Road North last year, who claimed the high back walls made the properies look like a “fortress”.

Residents hit back, insisting that their new homes were more like a “castle” or “palace”.

The shortlist includes designs in Islington, Notting Hill and King’s Cross – as well as the William Street Quarter development in Barking town centre.

The development is named after sapper Luke Allsopp who was killed in Irag in 2003 after his vehicle came under fire.

Homes on the secure sites were allocated to tenants according to need. They had to prove that they were downsizing from a larger property, were of pension age and had medical requirements.

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