To create a brand new riverfront town in East London delivering a thriving new eco-district comprising of 10,800 homes, new schools, commercial and cultural offerings along 2km of beautiful south-facing Thames river frontage.

As one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, this ambitious project has the full support of the Mayor of London to deliver a minimum of 35% affordable homes, with a provision to raise it to 50% over time. In 2021, the new Barking Riverside London station will open – part of a £260 million extension to the London Overground. At the same time, a new riverboat service will be introduced, alongside an extensive cycle network connecting Barking Riverside London to Barking and beyond.

Barking Riverside London will be an innovative, healthy and well-connected place, made special by its heritage, ecology, riverfront location and by its community.


Barking Riverside London is at the forefront of development innovation.

It's the result of a two year design process led by the leading architecture and urban design practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The design has also undergone rigorous scrutiny from stakeholders including; the public; the Greater London Authority (GLA); London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council; and Transport for London (TfL).

The development offers a mix of affordable and market homes suitable for everyone, ranging from young professionals and private renters to families and the older generation. There are south-facing riverside views and a network of open spaces. There's easy access around the development by bus or cycle, and central London is quickly reached by rail (with a planned new Riverside station in 2021) or river boat services.


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. These temporary uses of vacant buildings are expected to migrate into the newly created spaces to the ultimate benefit of the final development.

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, community garden and ecology spaces.


Preserving and enhancing the rich ecological diversity of the area is a priority for the development. Brownfield sites such as Barking Riverside London are renowned for cultivating habitats for rare and interesting wildlife.

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.

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."


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What's New

As construction on the development continues and with a series of exciting activities planned, this is the best place to keep up to date with all the exciting developments.

Community Matters

Barking Riverside London has been designated as a Healthy New Town.

About Us

Barking Riverside London is a partnership between the Greater London Authority (GLA) and L&Q, formed in March 2016 to help build 10,800 homes within a brand new London neighbourhood.