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Barking Riverside

A new sustainable neighbourhood, being created alongside 2km of Thames river frontage, of 10,800 homes to house 29,000 people - a partnership with The GLA and L&Q with a masterplan by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.–Stage 1 of this 4-stage project is currently well over half way complete, with approximately 1,000 units either occupied or under construction.–It includes high quality examples of shared open space and a shared community building.

Architect

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Barking Riverside Project Office, bottom of Renwick Road, Barking IG11 0DS

Sat 11am-4pm. A free shuttle bus service will run from outside The Spotted Dog Pub, next to Barking Underground Station, departing at approximately 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm (returning to Barking Station at various intervals). Alternatively, visitors can reach the Barking Riverside Project Office via the EL1 bus (towards Barking Riverside) from outside Barking Station. The nearest bus stop is Estuary Close, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the project office. There is parking available on site for those who wish to drive.

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  • Access for wheelchair users
  • Free parking
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets available

For more information also see AJ Buildings Library http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/5425 BARKING RIVERSIDE DEVELOPMENT – RIVERGATE CENTRE BUZZARDS MOUTH A brand new neighbourhood is being created alongside two kilometres of Thames river frontage at Barking Riverside, one of the most ambitious and important new developments in the UK.ÿIt is situated between the A13 and the River Thames. Outline planning permission was granted in 2007 for 10,800 homes to house 26,000 people on the former power station site.ÿBased on strong environmental principles, with a high proportion of larger homes for families (31 per cent will have three or more bedrooms and over 40 per cent will be affordable), Barking Riverside will feature healthcare, schools, open space, public squares, new rail station with links to central London, 65,000sq.m. commercial floor space including shopping, community and leisure facilities with an ambition to create a new night-time economy in this part of the borough. The development will also make the best use of the site’s assets and potential, particularly the river, where residents of Barking and Dagenham will be able to access the Thames riverside for the first time. Barking Riverside is brownfield land (land that has previously been developed, in this case, the Barking Power Station used to be on this site) and making it developable has required land remediation, site clearance, changes to land levels to plan for flood risk and diversion of services.DeveloperThe development is being driven forward by Barking Riverside Limited – which is a joint venture between the Bellway Homes plc and the Mayor of London. An Executive Board with Director-level representation from the partners sets policy, agrees development principles and a programme of works. Barking Riverside Ltd acting as strategic developer commissions works, manages, co-ordinates and controls the planning, remediation, infrastructure, releases plots for residential and commercial development and is working closely with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, other Government agencies, statutory bodies and the local community.The project has delivered 686 homes currently occupied.ÿThe remaining 689 units in phase 1 will come forward in two phases up to 2017. Barking Riverside Limited has also started infrastructure works on stage 2 which includes the preparation of ponds and the development platform for the new Secondary school which is due to start construction in September 2015 and will accommodate 1,800 secondary school pupils, primary and special educational needs schools. Transport linksSustainable transport is at the heart of the development with the expansion of the East London Transit; a high quality bus service that provides a fast and direct link between Ilford, Barking and Dagenham Dock. Barking Riverside Ltd is working closely with Transport for London and have secured the improvements and extensions to the over ground rail network required to support the community at work and leisure. The new overground service would run from Barking along the existing Essex Thameside Tilbury line, over a new raised viaduct then under the Renwick Road Bridge before heading south to the urban Barking Riverside station. Biodiversity and Green InfrastructureBarking Riverside_s natural, riverside setting means that a range of environmental measures are incorporated to protect the local wildlife. Green roofs protect wildlife habitats and benefit the new homes by providing better insulation. Rainwater is harvested and ponds are being developed to store rainfall for future use. Drainage systems, which are good for irrigation, are also used to grow plants. Over 41 per cent of the site will be dedicated to open space including a new ecology park with all areas linked by parkland, cycle routes and footpaths and play and sports areas. We are working as part of the Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability initiative (TURAS), bringing urban communities and businesses together. Working with local authorities and researchers across 11 European cities we are collaborating on the development of practical new solutions for more sustainable and resilient urban areas. AwardsBarking Riverside won Development of the Year at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2013. It has also won a 2013 Housing Design Award for completed schemes. The first homes completed during 2012 within the Buzzards Mouth Court area won a prestigious Housing Design Award (external website) in 2010 and were shortlisted in the Best New Place to Live category in the London Planning Awards 2012/13.Rivergate CentreThe Rivergate Centre is a brand new neighbourhood centre serving 1500 new homes in Barking Riverside. The building is designed to act as a catalyst, forging links between existing and new residents, promoting social cohesion and citizenship. The first local centre consists of a three form entry primary school, nursery, Christian Church, social enterprise caf‚, community development trust offices, Primary Care Trust rooms and ten facilities ideal for community, voluntary, statutory, commercial groups and residents. The affordable facilities suit groups from 2 to 200 for training, AGMs, meetings, conferences, parties and a multitude of events and activities. The Centre also houses sports facilities including an astro turf football pitch, a netball/basketball and tennis court. Building work on this centre commenced in April 2010 and was completed and opened ready for the school year in September 2011. The Centre is owned and managed by the Barking Riverside Community Interest Company, set up to hold and manage the site in the interests of the community.