Barking Riverside is a 443 acre site close to Barking town centre, the City of London, Canary Wharf and the Lower Lea Valley.
It has planning permission for 10,800 homes, 31% of which will feature three or more bedrooms and over 40% in total will be affordable. Buzzards Mouth Court, one of the first two stages of housing which includes larger-sized homes, won a prestigious Housing Design Award in 2010 for its eco-friendly features and tenure mix.
The delivery of new, affordable homes for families is just part of the story at Barking Riverside. It’s much more than a housing development – public spaces and community amenities are all part of the vision. The new Rivergate Centre, which opened in September 2011, includes a primary school, place of worship, healthcare facilities and social enterprise units, ensuring that Barking Riverside residents have access to essential services from day one.
Barking Riverside’s natural, riverside setting mean that a range of environmental measures will be incorporated into the project to protect the local wildlife. Green roofs will protect wildlife habitats and benefit the new homes by providing better insulation. Rainwater will be harvested across the site and ponds will be developed to store rainfall for future use. Drainage systems, which are good for irrigation, will also be used to grow plants. Over 41% of the site will be dedicated to open space including a new ecology park. All areas will be linked by parkland, cycle routes and footpaths, and play and sports areas.
The East London Transit, a high quality bus service that provides a fast and direct link between Ilford, Barking and Dagenham Dock, launched in February 2010. This will connect Barking Riverside to the Barking town centre transport interchange and the area. During the first phase of Barking Riverside’s construction, the 387 bus service will continue to use its current route. Further improvements will also be made to local roads and the A13 programme.
Barking Riverside Ltd, a joint venture between the Bellway Homes plc and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is leading the delivery of this new community. It is working in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD), Southern Housing Group (SHG) and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC).