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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.


Playhill Park celebrations

Barking Riverside is celebrating the opening of Playhill Park on Tuesday 16th April.  Join us from 1PM – 4PM for an afternoon of free, fun activities for the whole family.

Triangoals will be hosting children’s activities and GoodGym will be on hand to meet the community and to answer any questions about a new community based running group that participates in doing good.

There will also be FREE parkour taster sessions throughout the day, teaching adults and children how to creatively and safely use Playhill Park’s equipment to keep fit. Sessions can be booked in advance for kids, teens/adults, and families on a first come, first served basis. Links to book your free session can be found here:

Adult/teen session –

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Kids’ session –

Free hot drinks vouchers for Riverside Coffee Lounge will be available for the first 30 attendees. There will also be a children’s colouring competition in Riverside Coffee Lounge during the day with each child receiving a free Easter treat.

To celebrate the opening of the park there will also be free Easter treat giveaways by the BRL bunny; Easter eggs will be handed out to children at the event so do come by for an afternoon full of sweet treats and family fun at Playhill Park!


Exclusive incentives available for one weekend only

From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February 2019, buyers can enjoy exclusive incentives at Parklands, Barking Riverside as part of L&Q’s East London Homebuyer event.

Offering a two year service charge holiday, legal fees paid on all homes and stamp duty contributions on specific units, L&Q’s offer is designed to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.* Purchasers attending the event on Saturday and Sunday will also have the chance to speak with solicitors and financial advisors providing specialist information on the home-buying process.

Having just launched a new collection of 25 four-bedroom townhouses available through Help to Buy, purchasers can enjoy a first-look at floorplans and new CGIs, and reserve a home on the spot. With 70% of houses from the first phase already reserved, the new spacious houses are expected to be in high demand.

Each house is over 2.5 times larger than the average new build home in London, with ample living space designed to fit a growing family. Offering vertical living spread across 4 floors, each townhouse features a spacious rear garden, separate kitchen and living room and an expansive master suite, complete with ensuite bathroom and dressing room. Each home will also have parking.

In addition to the townhouses, buyers can explore one, two and three bedroom apartments at Parklands, available through both London Help to Buy and Shared Ownership.

Register for a place at L&Q’s East London Homebuyer event here.


*T&Cs apply

BRL Light Up the Sky with Fireworks Spectacular

The Barking Riverside London team were delighted to welcome over 1200 local residents to the second annual Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display on Tuesday 6th November.

Sponsored by The Careys Foundation and L&Q, the event took place at the Barking Riverside Project Office, where several local suppliers were selling burgers, chips and hot tea and coffee, and a DJ entertained the crowds before the display.

A group of Pupil Ambassadors from Riverside Primary School led the countdown for the spectacular display, which lasted for 13 minutes and was completely free for local residents.

Varsha Patel, PR, Marketing and Events Manager at Barking Riverside, comments: “We are delighted to have partnered with the Careys Foundation and L&Q to deliver our second community fireworks display and were thrilled that to have more than double the number of attendees than at our inaugural display in 2017. Community events such as Fireworks provide a brilliant opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy a fabulous evening with family and friends – and we will be hosting a programme of events for local people here on site in 2019 and beyond!”

Barking Riverside: a first-time buyer hub

Getting onto the property ladder in London is notoriously expensive, with reports suggesting almost a third of buyers from the capital move outside its boundaries to find a more affordable first home.

Launching this October at Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest new developments, Parklands is the first phase of homes by L&Q, which will offer a collection of one and two bedroom apartments available through Shared Ownership, as well as a selection of homes through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme later in the year.

Prices for the first phase of Shared Ownership homes start from £62,500 for 25% share of a one-bedroom apartment. Homes at Barking Riverside are considerably less than London averages.

Offering an alternative route onto the housing ladder for those priced out of the market, the innovative scheme allows buyers to purchase a percentage share in a property, renting the share they do not own at a subsided level. Buyers require a smaller deposit than they would on the open market, and monthly costs are often less than renting.

A joint venture between L&Q and The Mayor of London, Barking Riverside will create a new community of 10,800 homes along a 2km stretch of south-facing river frontage. Set to be one of the most dynamic communities for first-time buyers in the capital, alongside significant space for shopping outlets, restaurants and cafés, the development will benefit from leisure, health and community centres, sports facilities and a GP surgery – with the proactive approach earning the status of London’s only ‘Healthy New Town’.

Barking Riverside prioritises wildlife and open space. Over 40 species of animals currently inhabit the site and, from 2019, a dedicated Ecology Centre will provide residents and local schools with information about the neighbourhood’s conservation activity and ecology. In addition, a network of cycle paths, walkways and communal greenery aims to encourage residents to make the most of a natural environment.

Residents of Parklands will be able to enjoy a quick commute to other parts of London, with regular C2C trains from Dagenham Dock to London Fenchurch Street taking just 24 mins, and regular buses running to Barking Station from which trains, Overground and Underground lines run into the city. 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. The first phase of 36 Shared Ownership homes launches on 6th October at Parklands. Prices start from £62,500 for a 25% share of a one bedroom apartment (full market value £250,000).

To register your interest, visit the register page.