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A virtual tour of the Parklands Duplex Show Apartment

Take a virtual step inside L&Q’s brand new show home at Parklands, Barking Riverside – a spacious two bedroom duplex apartment spanning 1,163 sq ft, with a private front patio and rear terrace, and direct access on to a large communal garden.

Kitchen

The natural heart of any home, the open-plan kitchen/dining room has been designed with entertaining in mind. Grey walls match the contemporary kitchen cabinetry, complemented by warm blues and greens. With ample space for a six seater dining table, the brilliantly high ceilings and oversized windows make the room especially airy and bright, with custom-made curtains hanging from tracks mounted on the ceiling giving the room a luxe finish. Integrated Zanussi appliances encourage residents to test their cooking skills using high specification kitchen equipment, with stylish downlighters brightening the top quality worktops. 

Living Room

Travelling up the spacious staircase, positioned on the first floor and mirroring the design of a traditional townhouse, the show home has a dedicated living room – an unusual luxury in a two-bedroom apartment. Evoking a sense of a calm and tranquillity, the room features a mix of soft greens and greys, providing a neutral backdrop for statement wood pieces. A bespoke wooden cabinet features undulating doors in a mismatch of wood grains, forming the focal point of the room, whilst side tables have been created using a mix of tree branches. A range of house plants and artworks continue the nature theme, reflecting the importance of ecology at Barking Riverside.

Master Bedroom

A geometric wallpaper in a range of pastel colours provides the inspiration for the master bedroom, with lilacs, teals and mustard yellows featuring across the furnishings. Layering the art-deco pattern with a variety of textures and textiles, the space has a modern, bright feel, with light wood furniture that enhances the Scandi palette. Within the master bedroom, an ensuite bathroom features a walk-in shower, contemporary wall and floor tiles, and chrome accessories, creating the perfect oasis within the suite.

Guest Bedroom

The large guest bedroom has an elegant, opulent feel, using rich greens, velvets and dark wood furniture. A textured wallpaper features a tessellating diamond pattern in weaved gold fabric – a pattern which is mimicked in the cushions and armchair, tying the room together. Two floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with natural light, bouncing off the mirrored doors on the fitted wardrobe.

Family bathroom

Ideal for creating your own mini spa space within your home, the family bathroom has a bathtub with dual shower head, integrated sink with wall-mounted mirror, and modern white sanitaryware. Wall art brings a sense of glamour to the space, alongside planting and luxe bathroom accessories.  

Following the latest government advice, our show home is currently closed, however our Sales Team is continuing to work from home, and is still on hand to conduct all appointments via phone and email. For more information, call: 020 8617 1747 or email: [email protected]  

 

Covid-19 Update

To all residents and members of the local community, we wanted to reassure you that the Barking Riverside team is still present and working at this time. In line with Government advice we have moved our teams to home working. We have the technology to work in this way, so we are still able to respond and take action. If you have any queries, please get in touch using the normal methods (email [email protected]).

We have begun to temporarily shut down core construction activity across the Barking Riverside site. Essential construction site and estate management staff and security teams will remain in place to maintain safety and security.

At present, the Rivergate Centre is closed except for key workers.  We are working with local community groups to help them reorganise events for later in the year and transition their activities online in the meantime.

During this time, keeping up to date with the latest government guidance and support is essential. The LBBD website contains the latest NHS information and so we encourage everyone to check this regularly: www.lbbd.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

We hope you and your loved ones are taking care, and please get in touch with us should you need further advice or support as we are here to help.

L&Q’s sales suite at Barking Riverside is temporarily closed. The sales team are still on hand and will be conducting all appointments via phone, email and virtual tour.  Completions and handovers are carrying on where possible, but with additional precautions in place to protect the wellbeing of of customers and staff. To find out more, visit lqhomes.com/coronavirus 

For information on the launch of Fielders Quarter by Bellway, please visit bellway.co.uk

Barking Riverside Enterprise Car Club Comes to Parklands

A bright red Hyundai i10 is now parked at the Barking Riverside Sales Suite, a short walk from Parklands homes, giving L&Q residents fast access to Barking Riverside’s Enterprise Car Club.

Enterprise Car Club is a rental platform which enables users to hire vehicles with the click of an app. The fuel efficient vehicles are available to rent by the hour or the day, with low rates from just £4.95 per hour.

An added bonus for new residents, Enterprise Car Club are offering a free 12 month membership, and an additional £50 driving credit, helping users save whilst they drive during their first year at Barking Riverside.
As well as being efficient and convenient for residents, Car Club membership is proven to be considerably more affordable than owning a car. Research has shown that over 12 months, car club members spend on average 43% less on transport and maintenance, compared to car owners.
Helping the planet too, Car Club membership has led to the removal of over 31,000 privately owned vehicles from the roads. Enterprises’ vehicles produce on average 29% less CO2 than the national average for a car, reducing a Londoner’s transport carbon footprint by 73%, and saving almost 50,000 tonnes of CO2 in one year.
Barking Riverside residents can reach a fantastic range of places by car. Situated just 0.6 miles from the A13, 2.7 miles from the A406 North Circular and 7.9 miles from the M11, the development is well connected to London, as well as Britain’s motorway network.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can be reached in just 20 minutes, home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, London Aquatics Centre, and fantastic green space. If a big shopping trip is on the cards, neighbouring Westfield Stratford has almost 2 million sq ft of retail space making it one of largest urban shopping centres in Europe. Or if you would prefer to escape to the country, then Epping Forest’s 6,200 acres of woodland and marshland is just a 30 minute drive away.


If you’re a Barking Riverside resident, to sign up to the Enterprise Car Club visit enterprisecarclub.co.uk/barking and quote ‘BRL50’ to enjoy 12 month’s free membership and £50 driving credit.

Apply Now – Paid Resident Roles in the Barking Riverside Learning Forum

Are you currently living in Thames Ward? Do you have ideas about how the Barking Riverside Community Interest Company (CIC) could change and grow?  Are you passionate and knowledgeable about your community? Would you like to see more local transparency, improved partnership working and better communication? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the role below…

 

Barking Riverside London (BRL), and the current Barking Riverside Community Interest Company board, are seeking to partner with local people to consider whether the structure of the Barking Riverside CIC needs to be re-thought or improved in any way.

 

There are a lot of possibilities regarding how a CIC at Barking Riverside could be structured, so we need to work in partnership with local people to find the best possible model for the community. We hope that this process will deliver a CIC that is better because of resident knowledge, as well as supporting more local people to know and understand estate management and community governance at Barking Riverside.  Local people have previously asked to become more involved in this process, and so we have responded by designing a way of working that will put a group of local people in the centre of designing the new CIC structure.

 

We want to create a Learning Forum to achieve this. A Learning Forum will be a mixture of community members and current CIC board members. This group will be independently chaired and will go on a journey of training to learn what other models of estate governance exist. Together, the Learning Forum will see real examples, will speak to others who run those models and will learn about other CIC boards, including what they do well and where the challenges exist. We hope this process will result in everyone reaching an agreed position on the model for the Barking Riverside CIC.

 

As well as providing an opportunity to think about the CIC in a new way, joining the Learning Forum would also provide a great way for local people to access training and professional development, as well as to learn more about community development work in this area. To recognise the contribution that local people who join the Learning Forum will make to the process, we are able to pay London Living wage (£10.55 per hour) for the hours that people work.

 

We believe that the expected time commitment will be the equivalent of 4 hours per month for approximately 10 months, but this could vary.  Where possible, sessions will be organised outside of working hours to allow for commitments to be met, so this should be something local people can join alongside their job or other commitments.

 

If you are interested in joining, we are looking for local people to complete an application form to register their interest. These will be assessed by an Independent Chair of the Learning Forum, who will be appointed in partnership with community stakeholders. This is so the decision-making process is transparent for all local people. You can download the application form here.

 

Please return your application to [email protected] by 12pm on the 6th January 2020.

Top tips on saving for a deposit

Saving up for a deposit is one of the main hurdles when it comes to getting on the property ladder. A study published by Hamptons International identifies that it takes on average 7.5 years for a couple to raise the deposit they need to buy a home in London, rising to 15.5 years if you’re a single buyer.

 

Helping first-time buyers reach their deposit goal, the government has backed various saving schemes. Whilst the deadline to open a Help to Buy ISA passed in November, the Lifetime ISA allows you to save up to £4,000 a year, with the government boosting this with a 25% bonus, when you’re ready to buy a home.*

 

However, it’s not just bank accounts that can help you save – small lifestyle changes can help you put away a few pennies every month, until you have enough for a deposit. Our on-site sales team explain their top 5 tips for saving up.

 

  1. Get budgeting

Jodie: “Dividing up a budget every month, and crucially sticking to it, is a simple way to make sure you’re saving each month. Allocating money for the outgoings that are non-negotiable, and minimising all other spending, means you can save a regular amount each month, which quickly adds up to a surprisingly large pot of cash.

 

There are tonnes of mobile apps which can help you stick to a budget – some of my favourites are Money Dashboard, PocketGuard and Bean.”

 

  1. Swap out the little luxuries for budget-friendly alternatives

Mona: “Whilst it can be tough to resist splashing out on the little things when you know you have the money in your bank account, if you’re serious about saving, then you have to make some tough decisions. That doesn’t mean a dramatic lifestyle change; just make some small adaptations to help your purse strings. For instance, if you want to start each weekend with a curry night, then buy a supermarket version rather than ordering in takeaway. Or when your phone reaches the end of its contract, rather than upgrading, move to a SIM-only option. It takes some willpower, but the results can be great!”

 

  1. Reduce your rent

Anna: “If you know you want to get on the ladder in the near future, then compromising on where you currently rent can save you hundreds a month. According to the BBC, the typical Londoner spends an average of 49% of their wage on rent, way above the national average. Whether moving a few tube stops further away from work, or moving back into a house share, compromising on your home in the short term, can seriously pay off in the long term.”

 

  1. Cut your commuting costs

Etienne: “The cost of an annual travelcard from zone 1 – 3 is an astonishing £1,648 – money which could make a significant contribution to a deposit. Rather than getting on to a packed tube or late-running bus, why not take to the roads on two wheels, and cycle to work? You would not just be saving money, but enjoying some exercise and fresh air, and lowering your carbon footprint.”

 

  1. Pick an attainable goal

Alanis: “The average first-time buyer London deposit is almost £115,000 – an eye-wateringly high amount of money to save to get on the property ladder. Thankfully, Help to Buy and Shared Ownership mean you can buy a home with a considerably smaller deposit. Through London Help to Buy, you only need to put down a 5% deposit, which equates to between £12,000–£15,000 at Barking Riverside for a one-bedroom apartment. Shared Ownership means you can purchase a home with an even smaller deposit, requiring you to put down 10% of the value of the portion you are buying – just over £6,000 at Barking Riverside.”

 

*For more information on the Lifetime ISA, visit: https://www.gov.uk/lifetime-isa

 

 

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.