As the weather starts to improve and we say goodbye to another winter, there are few better points in the year to make a commitment to explore the great outdoors.
The NHS suggests that just 20 minutes of exercise a day can have a huge positive impact on your health, whether that means walking or cycling to work instead of getting the bus, or playing football in the garden with the kids.
Encouraging residents to get outdoors more, the award-winning masterplan architects of Barking Riverside, Lifschutz Davidson and Sandilands, have designed a community for the 21st century which takes an integrated approach to healthy living.
Awarded Healthy New Town status by the NHS – the only town in London to be given such an accolade – Barking Riverside will feature an on-site GP surgery, sports facilities, open spaces and parkland alongside the new homes.
With the first phase by L&Q, Parklands, sitting alongside a significant new park called The Wilds, new residents will be encouraged to enjoy the fresh air and get active, cycling along one of the many dedicated routes which will dissect the 443 acre site. Already established in the centre of phase 1 is ‘Biking Riverside’; a cycle hub offering a number of free services including ‘Doctor Bike’ and cycle lessons. Residents can also safely cycle from Barking into central London along the Cycle Super Highway.
For those who feel more comfortable on two feet rather than two wheels, a picturesque riverside public footpath runs along the 2km stretch of the Thames to the south of the site.
A selection of homes are now available to purchase at Parklands, including one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, and one to four bedroom homes through London Help to Buy.