‘News’ Archive

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham tops London house price growth list

Research published in the Evening Standard reveals that the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has seen the highest house price growth across the capital over the past five years, rising by an impressive 51%. Out-performing the East London average of 37%, and considerably higher than the 9% London average, the rising house prices are a reflection of the transformation of the East London borough.

Despite such significant price growth, Barking and Dagenham remains London’s most affordable borough, with the average property costing just £297,039 compared to the London average of £460,000.  

A hub for regeneration, Barking town centre is being transformed with thousands of new homes and a central park, with a redesigned, state-of-the-art station amongst the new infrastructure. The transformation of Vicarage Field Shopping Centre promises a retail district to rival Westfield, whilst the Barking and Dagenham Council have announced plans to upgrade Barking Market and establish floating gardens at the houseboat moorings on Barking Creek.

Leading the way in the transformation of the Barking property scene is Barking Riverside. The joint venture between L&Q and The Mayor of London is one of Europe’s largest brownfield developments, covering an impressive 443 acres with 2km of south facing Thames frontage. The scheme will deliver 10,800 new properties, alongside commercial, retail and leisure facilities, becoming home to an estimated 30,000 people.

Residents have already begun moving into L&Q’s first phase of homes for sale at Parklands, and students are enrolled at the four schools already open at Barking Riverside. A further three schools are set to be built on-site, as part of the impressive 15-year masterplan. Meanwhile, Barking Riverside station is due to open in 2021 as part of a £263 million extension to the London Overground, reducing the commute to central London to 22 minutes.

One bedroom Shared Ownership homes start from £60,625 for a 25% share (FMV £242,500), two bedroom homes from £71,875 for a 25% share (FMV £287,500) and three bedroom homes from £90,000 for a 25% (FMV £360,000). One, two and three bedroom apartments and four bedroom townhouses are available through London Help to Buy from £262,500.

Pollution busting trees from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park given new home at Barking Riverside

Pollution-busting London Plane trees from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been carefully moved to a new home at Barking Riverside, allowing them to continue their vital work in keeping the capital’s air clean.

Six trees, which were planted in the park in 2013 and are around fifteen years old, have been removed from their previous location in the Park as part of construction work on UCL’s new campus, UCL East.


London Plane trees are known for their ability to trap air pollution in their bark, removing harmful particles from the atmosphere and helping to clean up the capital’s air. The London Plane can grow to 35m and live for several hundred years.

After being lifted, the trees were carefully moved to their new home at Barking Riverside. The trees will be used to improve the green spaces in the neighbourhood and will help improve local air quality for years to come.

David Watkinson, Barking Riverside Limited’s Planning, Design and Communications Director said:

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to rehome these mature London Plane trees at Barking Riverside. As one of the UK’s largest and most important new housing projects, with a truly unique riverside-location and remarkably diverse ecological landscape, we are committed to helping cultivate London’s green space – moving trees from the Olympic Park to Barking Riverside will help us do just that.”

Mark Camley, Executive Director of Park Operations and Venues at the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“We’ve worked closely with our partners to make sure that new development is as sustainable as possible. I’m thrilled that we’ve found such a valuable new home for these London Plane trees, showing our continued commitment to making the 2012 Games the most sustainable ever.”

Parklands wins ‘Best Large Development’ at National Housing Awards 2019

It was a fantastic day for L&Q at the National Housing Awards 2019, with Parklands winning one of the most prestigious awards of the ceremony, ‘Best Large Development’.


Voted for by a panel of industry experts, Parklands was singled out for its wide range of price points and types of home, both suitable and affordable to the local market place.


The 300 homes at Parklands range from 1 to 3 bedroom apartments alongside family townhouses, each with private outdoor space and access to communal landscaping.


Available to purchase through both Shared Ownership and Help to Buy, first-time buyers can get on the property ladder using the scheme that’s best for them.

For more information, visit: barkingriverside.london or pop into our Sales Suite, open 7 days a week.


Take a peek inside a Parklands home

With just a few weeks to go until the reveal of the brand new show apartment at Barking Riverside, L&Q is offering an exclusive sneak peek, with a CGI tour of a one-bedroom Shared Ownership home at Parklands.

Starting with the entertaining heart of the home, the kitchen/living/dining room offers the ultimate in contemporary open-plan living. Whether it’s hosting a dinner party or cooking a meal for the family, the slick kitchen is just as stylish as it is functional, with top-of-the-range Zanussi appliances integrated with smart gloss pearl grey cabinetry. A generous space for entertainment sits alongside the kitchen, with room for dining and relaxing, opening directly onto a private balcony through sliding doors.

Moving into the master bedroom, a dramatic navy colour palette brings a modern elegance to the light-filled space. Built-in wardrobes offer a practical storage solution, incorporating a mirrored door allowing light to bounce around the room. Other trendy touches include an oversized headboard and chic dressing table, designed to inspire buyers in the styling of their own dream bedroom.

A sophisticated look continues into the bathroom, with wall and floor tiles in a contemporary palette helping to create a refreshing environment for getting ready in the morning. Complementing the neutral palette is a range of chrome accessories, whilst the thermostatic shower head provides a luxurious showering experience. 

An exclusive incentive for those purchasing a one-bedroom Shared Ownership apartment at Parklands, L&Q is currently offering a complimentary 12 month Oyster Travelcard, allowing buyers to explore the capital and their new neighbourhood for free.

Prices for a one-bedroom Shared Ownership home start at £60,625 for a 25% share (FMV: £242,500).

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.


Biking at Barking Riverside

Do you love jumping on your bike and feeling the wind rush through your hair? Or perhaps you prefer a more leisurely pedal? Either way, Barking Riverside could be the home for you!

Encouraging residents to get outdoors more, award-winning masterplan architects of Barking Riverside, Lifschutz Davidson and Sandilands, have designed a community for the 21st century which takes an integrated approach to healthy living.

Offering residents plenty of opportunities to get on their bikes, Barking Riverside has dedicated cycle paths already and they will run throughout the 443 acre development – and with Barking station just a 15 minute ride away, you can make cycling part of your daily routine or commute.

Creating yet more opportunity for residents to explore on two wheels, Parklands will sit alongside a significant new park called ‘The Wilds’, while ‘Biking Riverside’, a cycle hub offering a number of free services including ‘Doctor Bike’ and cycle lessons, is already established within Phase 1 of the masterplan.

For those who feel more comfortable on two feet rather than two wheels, a picturesque riverside public footpath runs along the 2km stretch of the Thames to the south of the site.

A selection of one bedroom shared ownership homes, which all have access to secure cycle storage, are available now at Parklands, with prices starting from £61,875 for a 25% share (FMV £247,500).

Two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, and one to four bedroom homes through London Help to Buy are also available.

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.



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]


Find your forever home at Barking Riverside

What does your dream family home look like? Maybe it has a large garden for the children to play outdoors with the neighbours, or a modern kitchen filled with inspiration to try out new recipes.

L&Q’s new townhouses at Parklands, Barking Riverside, offer something for all the family. Almost 70% larger than the Mayor of London’s minimum space standard for a four bedroom home, the expansive townhouses provide the best of vertical living.

Each home is spread across four floors, with a spacious rear garden, separate kitchen and living room and generous master bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

Claire Brenlund, Sales and Customer Service Director for L&Q’s East Region, comments: “We are delighted to be offering these homes through Help to Buy, ensuring that London’s first-time buyers are able to find their forever home at Barking Riverside. Using the full 40% Help to Buy loan, a deposit of just £28,500 secures a townhouse – a third of the average first-time buyer deposit in London.”

Homes at Parklands come equipped with contemporary kitchens, complete with sleek units and a plethora of integrated top-of-the-range appliances. Pristine bathrooms have smart white sanitaryware, as well as ceramic floor and wall tiles.

In addition to providing fantastic homes, Barking Riverside will offer all the crucial infrastructure for raising a family. Included in the masterplan is provision for seven schools, with four already open and recently receiving some of the best results in the borough. Riverside Campus is the largest free school campus in the UK, and will offer place for 2,600 pupils across a primary, secondary and special educational needs school.

The masterplan also includes plans for shops, restaurants, cafes, community centres, leisure and healthcare facilities, providing all the amenities you need right at your fingertips.

As well as four-bedroom townhouses, Parklands offers a selection of one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, and one to four-bedroom homes available through London Help to Buy.

Springing into a healthy season

As the weather starts to improve and we say goodbye to another winter, there are few better points in the year to make a commitment to explore the great outdoors.

The NHS suggests that just 20 minutes of exercise a day can have a huge positive impact on your health, whether that means walking or cycling to work instead of getting the bus, or playing football in the garden with the kids.

Encouraging residents to get outdoors more, the award-winning masterplan architects of Barking Riverside, Lifschutz Davidson and Sandilands, have designed a community for the 21st century which takes an integrated approach to healthy living.

Awarded Healthy New Town status by the NHS – the only town in London to be given such an accolade – Barking Riverside will feature an on-site GP surgery, sports facilities, open spaces and parkland alongside the new homes.

With the first phase by L&Q, Parklands, sitting alongside a significant new park called The Wilds, new residents will be encouraged to enjoy the fresh air and get active, cycling along one of the many dedicated routes which will dissect the 443 acre site. Already established in the centre of phase 1 is ‘Biking Riverside’; a cycle hub offering a number of free services including ‘Doctor Bike’ and cycle lessons. Residents can also safely cycle from Barking into central London along the Cycle Super Highway.

For those who feel more comfortable on two feet rather than two wheels, a picturesque riverside public footpath runs along the 2km stretch of the Thames to the south of the site.

A selection of homes are now available to purchase at Parklands, including one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, and one to four bedroom homes through London Help to Buy.