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Becontree centenary

Housing design at Becontree estate

Becontree centenary

In partnership with Create London and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, we will be delivering a year long programme of artistic and architectural commissions, events, learning programmes and an exhibition to celebrate the east London estate.

The Becontree centenary is a year long programme of artistic and architectural commissions, events, learning programmes and an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the Becontree estate in Dagenham, east London.

Once the largest council estate in the world, Becontree's first homes were built in 1921. It took another fourteen years for the estate to be ‘officially’ completed: by which time Becontree was home to a community of 120,000 people. 

Throughout the centenary year we will announce more news and activities on this page.

Working in partnership with Create London and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, RIBA will deliver programmes for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience and discuss the historical significance of the Becontree estate and broader contemporary issues facing large scale town planning, housing and green public spaces.

In spring, nimtim architects with artist Katie Schwab redesigned corner plots on the estate, creating new spaces for residents and visitors to meet, play, grow and rest.

In autumn, a new commission by artist Verity-Jane Keefe will be installed in the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place and a new public realm installation by social enterprise POoR Collective (Power Out of Restriction) and Mayesbrook Park School, an alternative provision for students in Becontree, will be installed in Regent's Park. 

To accompany the exhibition and to celebrate the re-opening of 66 Portland Place, RIBA would like to invite schools from across London to take part in free and practical onsite learning sessions exploring the Becontree Estate, and the design and development of our cities. For more information, and to book sessions please email For other learning activities including free in-school partnerships with qualified architects, sign up to our newsletter.

Upcoming events

The Becontree centenary is a partnership project between Create London, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) and RIBA, supported by LBBD and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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