Barking Riverside London
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
- Original design
- Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, 2014
The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
One the most ambitious and important new developments in the UK and the largest brownfield development in Europe, Barking Riverside London is a brand new neighbourhood being created alongside two kilometres of Thames river frontage in Barking. It is situated between the A13 and the River Thames.
Outline planning permission was granted in 2007 for 10,800 homes to house 26,000 people on the former power station site, with a subsequent master plan planning application approved in 2016. In August 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport approved plans for a new London Overground Station, which will be operational from 2021.
In February 2018, the Section 106 agreement for Barking Riverside was signed, securing a £500 million investment for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes.
Based on strong environmental principles, with a high proportion of larger homes for families (31 per cent will have three or more bedrooms and over 40 per cent will be affordable), Barking Riverside will feature healthcare, schools, open space, public squares, new rail station with links to central London, 65,000sq.m. commercial floor space including shopping, community and leisure facilities with an ambition to create a new night-time economy in this part of the borough.
The development will also make the best use of the site's assets and potential, particularly the river, where residents of Barking and Dagenham will be able to access the Thames riverside for the first time.
Barking Riverside is brownfield land (land that has previously been developed, in this case, the Barking Power Station used to be on this site) and making it developable has required land remediation, site clearance, changes to land levels to plan for flood risk and diversion of services.
The development is being driven forward by Barking Riverside Limited – which is a joint venture between L&Q and the Mayor of London. An Executive Board with Director-level representation from the partners sets policy, agrees development principles and a programme of works. Barking Riverside Ltd acting as strategic developer commissions works, manages, co-ordinates and controls the planning, remediation, infrastructure, releases plots for residential and commercial development and is working closely with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, other Government agencies, statutory bodies and the local community.
The project has delivered over 1064 units in phase 1, alongside the UK’s largest Free school, which opened in September 2017. A further 378 homes are under construction currently within Stage 2, and construction of a further 441 is due to commence by the end of 2018.
Sustainable transport is at the heart of the development with the expansion of the East London Transit. A high quality bus service provides a fast and direct link between Ilford, Barking and Dagenham Dock, and funding has recently been agreed for a new TfL Overground station, which will connect to central London in 22 minutes.
Barking Riverside’s natural, riverside setting means that a range of environmental measures are incorporated to protect the local wildlife. Green roofs protect wildlife habitats and benefit the new homes by providing better insulation. Rainwater is harvested and ponds are being developed to store rainfall for future use. Drainage systems, which are good for irrigation, are also used to grow plants. Over 41 per cent of the site will be dedicated to open space including a new ecology centre with all areas linked by parkland, cycle routes and footpaths and play and sports areas. We are working as part of the Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability initiative (TURAS), bringing urban communities and businesses together. Working with local authorities and researchers across 11 European cities we are collaborating on the development of practical new solutions for more sustainable and resilient urban areas.
The Rivergate Centre – a community hub in the heart of stage 1, is designed to act as a catalyst, forging links between existing and new residents, promoting social cohesion and citizenship. The first local centre consists of a three form entry primary school, nursery, Christian Church, social enterprise café, community development trust offices, Primary Care Trust rooms and ten facilities ideal for community, voluntary, statutory, commercial groups and residents.