About the Development


In 2007, outline planning permission was granted to build 10,800 homes on the site of the former power station at Barking. In September 2016, the Mayor of London approved the Masterplan, ensuring Barking Riverside London will play a key role in the larger Thames Gateway redevelopment zone which will provide thousands of much-needed homes, tens of thousands of jobs, and key infrastructure facilities such as schools, and transport links.

Barking Riverside London itself will create a brand new London destination, housing 29,000 people on the banks of the River Thames, within easy reach of London and the South East.

Barking Riverside is the result of a two-year design process led by the leading architecture and urban design practice, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The design has also undergone rigorous scrutiny from stakeholders including; the Greater London Authority (GLA), London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council, Transport for London (TfL) and local residents.

Size and Scope

The development, covering 443 acres (equivalent to 215 football pitches), will include 10,800 homes of varying sizes and styles, including houses and apartments. There will also be provision of 65,000 square metres of commercial floor space, including shops, restaurants, cafes, community, leisure and healthcare facilities, and seven new schools.  We will also be delivering new green spaces, public squares and a brand new rail station, along with new bus and river transport interchange, providing excellent links to central London.

The project is committed to impacting positively on the local community, which is why in 2018 we became a client partner of the Considerate Constructors scheme. As a Client Partner, we have made a commitment to improving the image of construction, with all our approved contractors expected to comply with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.

Stage 1

1,400 units, new primary school, nursery, community centre, pharmacy, convenience store, multi-faith spaces and café. The first Barking Riverside homes will be available to buy from October 2018 with first occupations in Spring 2019.

Stage 2
(2017 -2024)

4,500 units, mix of commercial, leisure, health, retail, restaurant and community spaces, new primary, secondary and SEN school.

Stage 3

2,000 units, mix of commercial, retail, leisure, schools and community spaces.

Stage 4

3,000 units, mix of commercial, retail, leisure and community spaces.

Stage 4

Home to the UK’s largest automated waste collection system.

Barking Riverside will feature one of Europe’s largest automated waste disposal systems. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Stockholm, the pioneering system will see up to 460 Envac waste inlets installed instead of the 19,000 traditional bins that would have been required, transforming the way Barking Riverside residents dispose of waste.


Brownfield sites such as Barking Riverside London are renowned for cultivating habitats for rare and interesting wildlife. Preserving and enhancing the rich ecological diversity of the area is a priority for the development.

Over 40 species of birds have been recorded breeding across the 443-acre site. The area is also home to water voles and bombardier beetles which are now only found in two locations across the UK. Seals can also be spotted along the mud flats.

The creeks, brooks, wetlands and ponds are important habitats for wildlife; warblers, dragonflies, grass snakes and common lizards thrive in the reed beds. The muddy sediment of the River Thames provides a rich food source – snails, shellfish and worms – for resident and migratory birds.