To create a brand new riverfront town in East London and deliver a thriving new eco-district comprising 10,800 homes, new schools, commercial and cultural offerings along 2km of beautiful south-facing Thames river frontage.
In 2021, the new Barking Riverside station will open, an extension to the London Overground. There are plans for a new riverboat service, alongside a new 8km cycle superhighway connecting Barking Riverside to Barking and beyond.
Barking Riverside will be an innovative, healthy and well-connected new neighbourhood, made unique by its rich heritage, diverse ecology and exceptional riverfront location.
Key visions include:
COMMERCIAL & CULTURAL OFFERINGS
BARKING RIVERSIDE LONDON TRAIN STATION
Barking Riverside London is a 15-year construction project. During this period, Barking Riverside London is committed to the organic growth of the development by encouraging early creative and cultural ‘meanwhile’ uses at the heart of the project.
To drive this, Barking Riverside London has produced a culture and placemaking strategy that will be promoted and reviewed over the course of the project. Some of the initial conceptual ideas include a cycle hub facility for existing and future residents and visitors, artists’ studio space, a community garden and new ecology spaces.
Placemaking goes beyond creating great buildings and public space. It is about capitalising on our local neighbourhood assets and aspirations to generate an authentic sense of community that is part of Barking and Dagenham.
Brownfield sites such as Barking Riverside London are renowned for cultivating habitats for rare and interesting wildlife. Preserving and enhancing the rich ecological diversity of the area is a priority for the development.
Over 40 species of birds have been recorded breeding across the 443-acre site. The area is also home to water voles and bombardier beetles which are now only found in two locations across the UK. Seals can also be spotted along the mud flats.
The creeks, brooks, wetlands and ponds are important habitats for wildlife; warblers, dragonflies, grass snakes and common lizards thrive in the reed beds. The muddy sediment of the River Thames provides a rich food source – snails, shellfish and worms – for resident and migratory birds.
No other part of Greater London has the potential to play the part that Barking and Dagenham does.