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‘News’ Archive

NEW PLAY PARK

A fabulous new play park opened to residents and families this month. The Play Park is situated in the heart of the existing neighbourhood which serves over 2000 residents, including lots of young families.

The first phase included the opening of a toddler park, picnic area in early September. Recently residents have benefitted from the opening of a sports court and adult gym.
Spring 2019 – will see the launch of the final phase including a selection of great junior play equipment.

Barking Riverside Lights Up The Night

Barking Riverside London are pleased to announce the second ever Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display.

The free event will take place on Tuesday 6 November at the Barking Riverside Project Office with the proud support of the Careys Foundation and L&Q.

Free tickets will be available to pre-book online, and there will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on a first come first served basis.

The event will be even bigger and better than last year – featuring music entertainment, giveaways, and food for sale from local vendors (from tasty burgers and veggie options, to doughnuts and hot chocolate – cash only) – in addition to fantastic display for everyone to enjoy

Varsha Patel, Marketing, PR, and Events Manager for Barking Riverside London, comments: “We are super excited to be partnering with the Careys Foundation again to organise this fantastic event for the Thames View ward. We know for many residents getting to firework shows with young families is not easy and can often be costly. For BRL it’s important to give our families the opportunity to experience the excitement of a live display. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the community coming together and enjoying themselves.”

Gates for the fireworks will open at 6.00PM and the display will begin at 7.30PM.

Tickets can be booked here

More event details can be found at barkingriverside.london/news

Affordability meets greenery – Parklands at Barking Riverside

Living near green spaces frequently ranks as a top priority for the capital’s first-time buyers, but many struggle to find homes that are close to nature and fall within their price range.

Set to launch Parklands, located next to a future open space called ‘The Wilds’, their first phase of new homes at Barking Riverside this October, L&Q are offering a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments for Shared Ownership, with prices starting from just £62,500 for a 25% share.

Ideal for first-time buyers, Shared Ownership requires a considerably smaller deposit than homes available on the open market, with buyers only purchasing a share of the property, and paying a subsidised rent on the remaining value.

A joint venture between L&Q and the Mayor of London, Barking Riverside is set to transform the area, with a nature reserve, pond habitats, playgrounds and cycle routes planned to run throughout the riverside masterplan, encouraging residents to appreciate the outdoors on two wheels.

Over 40 species of animals currently inhabit Barking Riverside, and from 2019, a dedicated Ecology Centre will also provide residents and local schools with information about the neighbourhood’s conservation activity.

London’s only ‘Healthy New Town’, an NHS initiative, health centres, a GP surgery and community and sports facilities will be integrated into the overall design of the 443-acre Barking Riverside site.

Sitting alongside a 2km stretch of the Thames, Barking Riverside residents enjoy speedy access to other parts of London from both Dagenham Dock and Barking Station (a quick bus-ride away). A brand new Barking Riverside station is due to open in 2021, extending the London Overground line and bringing the development within a 30-minute commute of the City.

Barking Riverside: a Giant Leap for London.

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Pop up beach is a big hit!

The start of the summer saw BRL host the very first Big Barking Riverside Picnic.  The event was held along the river Thames and offered residents free picnic hampers (courtesy of Pinnacle Places), live music and fun activities for all the family – including our very own pop-up beach, which was a big hit with the children!

The borough’s very first Cycling Time Trial took place on the same day and was a great success, with both adults and children taking part to complete the circuit in the fastest time. Eight lucky winners received a bike, courtesy of Barking Riverside Limited.

BRL is committed to developing a programme of events for the community each year but are this year keen to work with residents to help deliver events with the community.  If you wish to be involved or want to find out more, please contact us.

EL3 BUS ROUTES EXTENDED TO RIVERSIDE CAMPUS

We are delighted to announce that Transport for London has extended the EL3 bus route, with two additional bus services now serving Riverside Campus School at 15.14 and 15.24 each weekday.

This will give additional capacity on buses serving the Riverside Campus school, which experiences particularly high levels of demand at the end of the school day. The EL1 bus route will continue to run throughout the day as normal.

Matt Carpen, Project Director for Barking Riverside, comments, “This is the first of many initiatives the Barking Riverside team and our partner organisations are working on to improve connectivity in the area. We are working with the local community to meet the needs of our growing number of residents and students who travel to the area.”

£500M INVESTMENT SECURED AT BARKING RIVERSIDE

Mayor and L&Q to invest £500m in one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects, Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500 million for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes.

The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme.

The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for:

  • A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London in 22 minutes
  • Land for seven schools including five primaries, one secondary, and one for special educational needs
  • A new centre with 65,000 square metres of commercial, retail and leisure space, including a 2km riverside walkway, an ecology centre and new country park space
  • A combined health care and leisure facility
  • A cycling hub
  • Two local retail and dining hubs
  • Employment, skills and training that will ensure locals benefit from the opportunities created by the scheme.

Barking Riverside will also be London’s first and only NHS Healthy New Town, which will embed health into design and living. Half of the new homes will be affordable.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for Barking & Dagenham, but also for the whole of London. As we tackle the biggest housing crisis of a generation, major developments like Barking Riverside will deliver thousands of the genuinely affordable new homes Londoners desperately need. As well as housing, our investment will create the new transport, education and health services needed to turn this into a thriving new community.

“London will be home to 10 million people in the next decade — I’m working to plan for that growth and to provide genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. That will mean increasing density, building on small sites, and using my powers to deliver more affordable homes.”

Andy Rowland, Managing Director – East Region, at L&Q said: “This agreement marks a vital step for Barking Riverside, ensuring we are able to deliver the necessary infrastructure to build a well-connected and thriving community which will benefit existing and future residents for years to come.”

Matthew Carpen, Project Director for Barking Riverside Limited, said: “This is another significant landmark for Barking Riverside, and signals ‘lift-off’ for all future activity on site. It commits us to over £0.5billion of infrastructure investment over a 15-year build programme. This agreement demonstrates the dedication to our partnership with the local authority and TFL, to deliver the goals of the project – a new piece of City with improved connectivity and a multitude of opportunity for both existing and future residents.”

Lucinda Turner, Director of Spatial Planning at Transport for London, said: “Barking Riverside will be a vibrant new area of east London and our improved transport connections will be vital for those who live, work and visit there. It’s important that we promote good growth – and this funding will help support more sustainable travel with the delivery of our planned London Overground connection, and improved bus, walking and cycling routes for people of all ages through the area.”

Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said: “It’s hugely encouraging to see new homes, better transport links and more schools, skills and public spaces being built in London. Tackling the housing crisis is a massive task but ambitious projects like Barking Riverside show what can be done. The challenge for Sadiq, boroughs and developers is to build that ambition across our capital.”

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is a hugely significant step not only for Barking Riverside but the whole borough. It’s part of our drive to make this part of the Thames a magnet for aspirational Londoners who want the wonders of waterside living without having to pay sky high rates. Why live further upstream in Chelsea or St Katherine’s Dock when you can move to Barcelona on Thames!”

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration body, said: “These improvements will bring in tens of thousands of homes and jobs to the borough and improve the quality of lives for residents. It’s further evidence that Barking and Dagenham is London’s growth borough.”

RIVERSIDE COFFEE LOUNGE OPENS

Barking Riverside’s much awaited coffee shop opened its doors on Saturday 16th December to residents.  Local resident and owner of Riverside Coffee Lounge Elena Mahmud welcomed lots of people to her new premises on the day of opening.

Riverside Coffee Lounge offers something for everyone, whether you’re vegan or lactose intolerant – Elena can offer you an alternative.
A table in the window or a comfy sofa spot, a delicious coffee and cake is waiting for you!

Bring the family for a hot chocolate or meet up with friends for lunch – Riverside Coffee is definitely worth a visit!

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the team at Barking Riverside London have been busy spreading Christmas cheer, organising two events in the lead up to the holiday season.

Varsha Patel, Marketing, PR and Events Manager for Barking Riverside London comments, “Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Lights switch on at The Rivergate Centre, we were pleased to return to the Rivergate Centre to continue this festive tradition. This year, we were also proudly supporting the first-ever Christmas Tree switch on in Thames View. Both switch ons were a wonderful opportunity to bring local residents together, and we were delighted to welcome everyone to Thames View and The Rivergate Centre.”

The festive fun all took place on Tuesday 12th December at Thames View Junior School, when over 100 pupils from the Junior and Infant schools illuminated the first-ever Thames View Christmas tree – arranged by Barking Riverside London. The school choir performed a selection of carols under the spectacular 30ft tree and were handing out festive biscuits and mince pies.

Sara Rider, Headteacher at Thames View Junior school, said “It was a joy to host Thames View’s very first community Christmas tree switch on, which was enjoyed by parents and children from both the Junior and Infants School. We really appreciate the support from BRL in making this happen!”.

Later on that day, the second annual tree lighting ceremony took place at The Rivergate Centre, with a second 30ft tree switching on at 3.50pm. Local residents were also able to enjoy carols from the George Carey Primary School Choir.

Both trees were donated by DF Clark Bionomique with lighting from Barking Riverside London, and the events were sponsored by CGL and Tom Blackwell.

Adam Branson, Principal Engineer at CGL, comments: “CGL are proud to have been involved in the Barking Riverside project for the past 5 years, and are similarly pleased to be able to support the local community through the sponsorship of this year’s community Christmas Trees.  All at CGL would like to wish BRL, and the wider Barking community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.

MAYOR OF LONDON LAUNCHES HIS LONDON PLAN

The Mayor of London launched his draft London Plan today at Barking Riverside London.

The ambitious plan to help deliver London’s future was launched on site today with the Mayor of London’s deputies – Jules Pipe, Val Shawcross and James Murray. 

David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, and Matt Carpen, Project Director for Barking Riverside, welcomed Sadiq to the site and praised the draft plan’s approaching to tackling the housing crisis. This includes amending planning rules to get more affordable homes built, especially in areas served by strong infrastructure.

While on site, Sadiq spent time speaking with two L&Q graduate site managers Emmanuel Baker and Maria Kaskara on how the development is progressing.

David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, said: “The London Plan that Sadiq Khan launched today takes an imaginative approach to tackling the housing crisis. This strategic plan for London will ensure that neighbourhoods across the capital continue to flourish, with the right balance of new housing and much needed transport infrastructure.”

The plan opens for consultation on Monday and sets out plans on a range of issues including housing, fire safety, cycling, and fracking.  

FIRST FIREWORKS DISPLAY FOR RESIDENTS

Barking Riverside London held its very first community fireworks display attracting over 600 residents thanks to the support for our proud sponsors the Careys Foundation.

BRL’s 10-minute display was a free event held at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Monday 6th November. The countdown was led by Cllr Darren Rodwell and 30 Cubs, Scouts and Beavers.

Matt Carpen, Project Director of Barking Riverside Ltd said: “It was hugely rewarding to see over 600 residents enjoy BRL’s very first fireworks display.  Hundreds of children came along to enjoy their very first display; seeing their faces light up was priceless.

“This event was made possible by the generous support from the Careys Foundation, we cannot thank them enough! We look forward to hosting the same event for local residents again next year.”

Local Thames View resident, Stevie Prince said, “I brought along the grandkids as they’d never been to a display and it was down the road! The children loved the fireworks, I can’t wait to bring them again next year!”

Hundreds of children/families from Barking Riverside and Thames View enjoyed the event which also included free giveaway glow sticks, music entertainment and hot food/beverages kindly provided by local suppliers.