The Barking Riverside Community Development Company (C.I.C)
The Barking Riverside Community Development Company (C.I.C) was set up in 2009 following the start of site remediation in preparation for development.
The purpose of the CIC is to take over the long term care and management of the estate and common parts including responsibility for maintaining community and recreational facilities, providing funding towards sustainable transport provide support, education and promote employment across the estate.
The CIC is set up in partnership with Barking Riverside Limited (BRL) and the London Barking and Dagenham Council with two directors from each set up at CIC Board level
Councillor Darren Rodwell (LBBD)
Councillor Cameron Geddes (LBBD)
Mr Matthew Carpen (BRL)
Mr John Joannou (BRL)
As the development proceeds BRL will step away from the CIC and resident Directors will be elected to run the company in partnership with the Council including management of its assets.
It also acts as an interface between the new and existing communities provide community services and information for new residents.
Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability
Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS) is an FP7 funded European-wide research and development programme. The “TURAS” project aims to bring together urban communities, researchers, local authorities and SMEs to research, develop, demonstrate and disseminate transition strategies and scenarios to enable European cities and their rural interfaces to build vitally-needed resilience in the face of significant sustainability challenges. To ensure maximum impact, the TURAS project developed an innovative twinning approach bringing together decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academics to ensure meaningful results and real change are implemented over the duration of the project. The specific challenges addressed in TURAS include climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural resource shortage, and unprecedented urban growth.
Over the five-year duration of the project, the feasibility of these new approaches are being tested in selected case study neighbourhoods. The impact of these new approaches will be measured and results compared between participating cities before a final set of strategies and tools is developed for demonstration, dissemination and exploitation in other European cities. One of the case study areas for this is Barking Riverside in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, UK. A partnership between Barking Riverside Ltd, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the University of East London (UEL) is trialling experimental green infrastructure design principles to investigate how innovative design can maximise the benefits to the new community and to biodiversity.
UEL’s Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) has been leading on this research with a series of green roof and ground level landscaping experiments incorporating biomimicry of regionally important habitats into the design of greenspace within the new development. UEL’s SRI is a research institute established at UEL to bring together research and knowledge transfer programmes across a wide range of disciplines including architecture and the built environment, civil engineering, new materials technologies, GIS, pipeline technology, renewable energy, flood defence, environmental science and biodiversity conservation.
The particular focus of TURAS at Barking Riverside is in terms of investigating best practice for the creation of greenspace within the development to conserve the valuable biodiversity found on the site prior to development and to manage urban stormwater. The SRI’s role has been to support the design and monitoring of the green roof and ground level landscaping experiments. The results of this work is now being fed back to Barking Riverside Ltd and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to ensure that best practice from the exepriments is being incorporated into planning and policy.