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Infrastructure updates

Linear Park

December will see the opening of the Barking Riverside Visitor Centre, as well as the completion of new sections of public realm - Frogley Park, and a bespoke wildlife habitat for some of Barking Riverside’s undiscovered species.

The new Barking Riverside Visitor Centre aims to be a first stop for those wanting to discover what the area has to offer. Located on the ground-floor of a south-facing commercial unit underneath the Barking Riverside Overground station, the new Centre will be a resource available to those keen to understand more about Europe’s largest developments.

Visitor centreThe centrepiece of the Visitor Centre is the updated Barking Riverside model by Pipers. The new interactive model shows future stages of the development, whilst displaying a clear representation of the intended built and natural environment. Fancy taking a look around? Partners, stakeholders and friends of the project can email to book a slot to come and visit.

The initial sections of the new public realm - Frogley Park are soon to open, which is situated in the centre of Barking Riverside’s Northgate neighbourhood. A public space for the community to enjoy, the park will offer a calm, relaxing environment, and will include a pedestrian route, seating, outdoor furniture and play equipment such as balance beams and swings. Frogley Park is being delivered in stages, with the first stages expected to be open this Autumn. The whole park will be fully opened in summer 2024.

SerpentineA bespoke wildlife habitat called the Serpentine is currently under development at Barking Riverside. The Serpentine will provide a safe shelter and ideal living conditions for local fauna, particularly our population of water voles. A team of ecologists has directed the replanting and design of this area to ensure that the Serpentine provides the ideal conditions for water voles to breed.

The Serpentine is located on the north-eastern edge of the site, at the junction of Northgate Road and Choats Road.

Find more information about the Barking Riverside Masterplan.