‘Community’ Archive

Lasers light up the sky

Barking Riverside London is excited to announce the London debut of an award-winning light installation at Barking Riverside, in partnership with Lumen Art Projects.

Barking Riverside Presents: Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths is a two day exhibition taking place at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Laser Light Synths is an interactive, family-friendly laser show that will bring together light, music, and technology. The event is free and open to everyone.

Powerful lasers will project animated visuals onto the project office, and you can come and create your own unique musical and light performance too! The touch-activated light installation will dazzle you with thousands of super bright LED lights. As you play the synths, lasers will respond to the music you’re creating and cover the building with dancing lights.

Part of GLOW Winter Lights Festival, the event will also feature performances from Big Dancers by El Carromato, presented by Creative Barking and Dagenham with support from Global Streets. The Big Dancers are a street performance featuring giant puppets and synchronised music and lighting.

There will be food and drink stalls available. Come and enjoy the show on Friday 22nd November from 6-9pm & Saturday 23rd November from 5-8pm. Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Rd, IG11 0YP.

Free tickets can be booked here.

November Winter Lights Programme

Lighting up Barking this November, there are a series of exciting Winter Lights events bringing local communities together.

Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display is being presented by the Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel on Tuesday 5th November. This is the third annual fireworks display for Thames Ward residents. www.facebook.com/barkingriversidelondon

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November, Creative Barking and Dagenham’s GLOW Festival makes a much-anticipated return to Eastbury Manor House. #GLOW2019 explores the theme of Illusion with a night of magical lanterns, projections and installations produced by the Creative Barking and Dagenham Cultural Connectors.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November, 5 – 10pm. Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Sqaure, IG11 9SN. Get your tickets here – http://www.creativebd.org.uk/festivals2019

Saturday 9th November marks the borough’s first Guy Fawkes Lantern Parade. Groups and families will take part in a procession of light from Barking Town Square to GLOW Festival at Eastbury Manor House. The procession starts at 3:15 pm and will illuminate the dark winter’s night with live music and entertainment for all the family. Come along and cheer on the parade, for more info visit – http://lbbd.gov.uk/winter

Later in November, Barking Riverside London is presenting the London debut of an award-winning light installation, in partnership with Lumen Art Projects. Barking Riverside Presents Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths is an interactive family-friendly laser show taking place at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.

The event will also feature giant puppet performances from Big Dancers by El Carromato, presented by Creative Barking and Dagenham with support from Global Streets.

Friday 22nd November, 6-9pm. Saturday 23rd November, 5-8pm. Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Rd, IG11 0YP. The event is free and open to everyone www.facebook.com/barkingriversidelondon

Community Fireworks Display 2019

The Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel is pleased to announce this year’s Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display will take place on Tuesday 5th November, off Northgate Road. 

The Residents Events Panel is a group of Barking Riverside and Thames View residents that have taken an active role in planning the 3rd annual community fireworks display.

The free event is proudly sponsored by Envac (the company behind the underground waste collection system being brought to the latest phase of homes at Barking Riverside), with thanks to supporting sponsors Total Care Security (TCS). In addition to the fantastic fireworks display, the evening will feature local DJ The Kings Decree, food from local vendors available to purchase, and a free glowstick giveaway provided by Gallagher Group.

This year’s display will take place in a new location – off Northgate Road. The bus service will continue through the evening, so guests will be able to reach the event on both the EL1 and EL3 bus services.

There will be 1250 tickets available to pre-book online, which will be released in stages. A number of tickets will also be available on the gates. All tickets for the event will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Gates will open at 6.00 PM and the display will begin at 7.30PM, off Northgate Road, Barking Riverside, IG11 0AB.

Keep an eye on our website and the Barking Riverside London Facebook page for more information on free tickets.

Please email: [email protected] if you’d like to enquire about joining the Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel.




Big Barking Riverside Picnic returns

Barking Riverside and Thames View residents are invited to the second annual Big Barking Riverside Picnic on Saturday 6th July, between 12 noon and 4pm!

The community event marks the return of Barking Riverside’s very own pop-up beach. The grassy riverside adjacent to the project office and the public footpath will be transformed into a sandy beach all summer, allowing little ones to build sandcastles and families to enjoy riverside views throughout the summer (opening times soon to be announced).

Sponsored by Pinnacle Places, the picnic on the 6th will include a host of activities, from Zumba classes and giant games to creative writing and face painting, run by local groups, including Triangoals and Creative Wellness. For the first arrivals, limited edition picnic hampers will be handed out, stocked full of healthy treats. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking is not available. The EL1 bus stops just outside the Barking Riverside Project Office and runs 24/7.

When:  Saturday 6th July 2019, 12 noon – 4pm.

Where: Along the river next to the Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Road, Barking IG11 0YP.

Update regarding the fire at Samuel Garside House

Since the fire at Samuel Garside House earlier this week Barking Riverside Limited (BRL), working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has been listening to the concerns of residents. We have heard how distressing this has been for many of them and have reassured them that we have been liaising with the owners, housebuilder and managing agent for Samuel Garside House on their behalf.

Neither BRL nor the Council have legal responsibility for, nor control over Samuel Garside House. However we have been working with the organisations responsible for the affected properties to ensure that they take immediate action for residents’ safety.

We have agreed that the builders (Bellway Homes), the owners (Adriatic represented by Homeground) and the managing agent (RMG) of Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House will do the following:

  • Undertake works to safely rebuild the damaged homes at Samuel Garside House as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that the residents whose homes were significantly damaged in the fire have a place to stay while these works are done – at no expense to them.
  • Begin the removal of the external timber from Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House immediately.

We are also ensuring that the original builders take immediate action to review the safety of all homes at Barking Riverside and make any necessary changes as a matter of urgency (including removing or treating external timber).  We have agreed an action plan with Bellway Homes, Homeground and RMG which we have outlined to residents today.

Residents who have questions about these works can come to the Resident Information Centre which will be open from 10am on Friday 14 June in Rivergate Square. Residents who are looked after by RMG can also email [email protected] or call 01606 336100 for more information.  Other residents should contact their housing manager.

BRL and the Council have also, with valuable support from local volunteers, established a new Community Assistance Hub at the Rivergate Centre, on Minter Road. This hub is open now and is a place for local people to visit and access support.

BRL and the Council would like to thank residents for their feedback so far.  We will continue to meet with residents to address any concerns that they may have about the safety of their home or the action plan proposed by the building owners and managers.


Applications for GoodGym Barking Trainer are now open

GoodGym, the socially minded project that mixes healthy lifestyles with community focused volunteer work, is establishing their first Barking-based group.

GoodGym Barking is looking for someone passionate about fitness and their local area to lead the new community of runners and walkers as the GoodGym trainer for Thames Ward.

Trainers will lead group walks and runs at least once a week and act as a support system, developing members’ fitness and engaging with the Thames Ward community. Volunteering and fitness are central to the mission of the GoodGym.

GoodGym takes members out of traditional gym setting and into their neighbourhoods for group runs, community projects, and solo runs that end in visiting an older, isolated member of the community. Every runner is assigned a “coach”, an older member of the community – after a run, runners meet with their coaches on a social call or help with a household task they cannot complete on their own.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Trainer Application” and the name of the area you’re interested in working in.

The application deadline is Monday 10th June.

More information about GoodGym and the Barking trainer position can be found at www.goodgym.org/stories/work-with-us-in-barking

Innovative engagement using digital

We are delighted to announce that Barking Riverside Limited is one of the very first to sign up to a pioneering community engagement tool, powered by proptech company, Built-ID.

Alongside prestigious organisations Grosvenor and the Royal London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, BRL will be piloting the new technology across the development with its existing community.  The platform will empower local residents and give them a voice in decision-making, reaching demographics that would not traditionally engage in the planning process.

Residents who attended our most recent Community Conversation Time event may have seen the new community platform – which we have renamed ‘Thames Talk’ – being demonstrated, showing how Thames Ward residents can easily share their opinions on development decisions and help shape Barking Riverside.

Thames Talk will have the following features:

  • Polls to enable residents to influence design and community decisions quickly
  • An interactive timeline, to keep everyone up to date with key development and community information
  • The ability to direct BRL funds to community projects and organisations that are active in Thames Ward

The new platform will be launching soon – look out for more information on our Facebook page.



Easter opening for newest play park

Over 100 local residents came out to celebrate the completion of Playhill Park, Barking Riverside’s newest park, this week. Local families and children enjoyed the now fully opened space and new equipment, with a complete schedule of activities from local groups, Triangoals and a local Parkour group, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

A host of activities were available for children of all ages. Triangoals led basketball and football sessions for school children while a Barking based Parkour group ran free taster sessions throughout the afternoon – teaching a range of ages, from toddlers to teenagers, how to safely and creatively use the park equipment to keep fit.

Free hot drinks were distributed by local favourite Riverside Coffee Lounge, while the Barking Riverside Easter Bunny gave away little Easter treats.

Joining the festivities were team members from Good Gym, a growing community of walkers and runners with a socially conscious mission. The running group pairs exercise with volunteer work, ranging from large, one-off projects to regular catch ups with an older member of the community, and is the first of its kind in Barking Riverside. Local residents will have the opportunity to positively impact the community whilst keeping fit.


NHS Healthy New Town Survey is out!

It’s important for us to understand how residents feel about their health, lifestyle
and various aspects of the environment around the ward.  Resident input is invaluable
to helping us find out whether projects being initiated under the Healthy New
Towns programme are making people happier and healthier and what more we
need to do to make sure future health and development projects are tailored to the
priorities of local people.

Surveys were posted out to each home in the ward earlier this month.  Almost 200 surveys have already been completed and returned already, with more coming in everyday.  Residents also have the chance to win £700!
Alternatively, residents can complete the survey online by following the link: HNT to access the survey.

Young Foundation Partnership

The Young Foundation are working in partnership with BRL to find out what local residents’ hopes and dreams are now and in the future.

Four local people, passionate about the positive impacts that the development of Barking Riverside should have for all of the Thames Ward have been recruited. Our team of researchers are all people who live or work in the area, they are Laila, Fatuma, Thomas and Lizzy who will work alongside three BRL staff researchers.

The aim is co-create a framework that helps residents to measure whether or not BRL is changing things for the better and is keeping their promises. It is exciting to see collaboration between people and the developer happening at such a high level, and the hope is that this work will set transparent goals for the development that local people know and understand.

There are lots of opportunities for local residents to share their views and get involved.

Be sure to look out for the research team over the next five months at local events and in the public spaces of Thames Ward.

If you are interested to find out more, please speak to Hannah: [email protected]