Welcome from Matt Carpen
Hello, and welcome to our latest Stakeholder Newsletter. As we draw into Autumn, it is time to reflect on a busy summer at Barking Riverside.This July saw the launch of our summer programme, the ‘Summer Sessions’. Taking place between July and September, the Summer Sessions provided entertainment and amenity for residents through an exciting range of activities and events by the river front. Proving to be popular with visitors too, the Summer Sessions culminated in a highly successful Emerge East festival, which took place on Saturday 16th September.
Our second article showcases comparative ‘before’ and after ‘images’ of the site, and I am sure you will be as amazed as I am at the progress. The landscape of Barking Riverside never ceases to amaze me; so much has changed here in such a short amount of time. It is incredible to think back on our progress over the last few years, with such key milestones achieved.
I am pleased to soon be opening a new Visitor Centre at Barking Riverside. Located in a commercial unit on the ground floor of the Overground Station, this space is a great way to display our vision and achievements to residents and visitors alike. The Visitor Centre, which hosts an updated 3D model of the development, provides a space for a variety of stakeholders, from prospective homebuyers to international delegations, to learn about Barking Riverside as one of Europe’s largest residential mixed-use developments. Onsite, there has also been key progress on the latest public open space - Frogley Park, and the creation of the Serpentine—a bespoke wildlife habitat for the local water vole population.
Finally, I am proud to have worked with our partners on valuable health and wellbeing services for residents. June witnessed the first of our monthly Drop-in Doctor Clinics, where residents were able to speak to a local GP without booking an appointment, as well as accessing several community services. Developing pathways that support residents’ health and wellbeing is of paramount importance, both now and as Barking Riverside grows.
Our partnership with Park Health & Safety, our onsite occupational health clinicians, is also an important initiative for employees and all the construction staff at Barking Riverside. As they continue to offer staff valuable resources to help with both their physical and mental wellbeing, I hope everyone working on the Barking Riverside project will take the opportunity to access readily available support when they need it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, colleagues, and friends of the project for their continued support throughout 2023. We look forward to welcoming you to Barking Riverside in the near future.