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Who is the developer/client of the project?
Barking Riverside Limited
Describe the context of this project and the point it has reached in its development in 250 words max. When is the project expected to complete? Please upload a masterplan drawing that best describes the project in its location
One of Europe’s most exciting mixed-use placemaking projects, emerging alongside 2km of Thames river frontage in East London, Barking Riverside is set to become a place like no other.
Expected to complete within approximately 15 years, the 443-acre site will comprise of 10,000 homes and be home to over 30,000 people.
Under the original planning, received in 2007, c.500 new homes were built. However, the project stalled due to lack of funding for the significant infrastructure required to deliver one of London’s most ambitious projects. In 2016, a new joint venture was agreed between L&Q and the Mayor of London to form Barking Riverside Limited (BRL), the master developer that now oversees design, planning, placemaking and infrastructure projects.
A new planning consent for a masterplan by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, delivering 10,000 homes, commercial and proposed health and leisure facilities, was achieved in 2017.
Unlocking the potential of the site, the new joint venture secured funding for a new London Overground Station, currently under construction and on course to open in 2022. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers will also launch a service from Barking Riverside in 2022.
Delivery has dramatically ramped up. Plot developers Bellway and L&Q successfully completed 399 homes in the Northgate area of the site, which are now fully occupied. A further 327 homes are under construction, and 630 in planning. New facilities include The Wilds at Barking Riverside, an ecology centre and public space, opening this summer.
What do you see as the greatest success of this project to date? How has it made a promising start on the journey to its completion? 250 words max. Please upload an image of the project to support your statement
The greatest success of the project to date has been securing the funding to deliver the major new transport infrastructure required to make the site viable.
Securing transport links has been BRL’s single biggest priority, against some significant barriers, because of the huge social and economic impact these will have. As well as bringing new residents to the area, the new links will create access to 40,000 new jobs, increase economic activity in the area and dramatically improve connectivity for those who have been living in the area with limited transport for many years.
The new transport links, a £263 million 4.5km extension of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking Line and an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers pier, are at the core of the project, quite literally putting Barking Riverside on the map.
Viewed as one of TfL’s most strategically important projects, the station was one of only two major projects where work was able to restart swiftly following the Covid-19 industry lockdown.
Activating the area around the station will be the District Centre, Station Quarter. This will evolve to become a centre point for new community facilities, cultural events and business opportunities.
A significant milestone in BRL’s ambition to activate the river, perhaps the site’s biggest asset, The Uber Boat by Thames Clippers stop will become the service’s Easternmost point – connecting Barking Riverside to Central London in 45 minutes. Construction will commence off-site of the pier later this year, with services expected to start Spring 2022.
How are you responding to changing demographics, behaviours, market context, policy, transport habits and the climate crisis since winning planning? What is your sustainability strategy and how are you mitigating carbon use and construction pollution? 250 words max. Please attach images, drawings or reports that support your statement
London’s only Healthy New Town, Barking Riverside is redefining conventions and making this a unique place to live. Examples of BRL’s future-proofing interventions:
Please share any figures on how the project is making a positive environmental, social and economic impact. Data or reports, article references or media clippings may also be attached to support your argument. 250 words max.