Communities in Transition: Barking

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Barking on 22nd July. This visit will look at public space and new housing developments around Barking town centre, with a focus on how civic amenities and investment can stimulate quality placemaking.

barking town square

Barking & Dagenham’s 2010 Core Strategy envisions the borough supporting significant growth. The borough aims to provide 17,800 new dwellings, at least 12,000 new jobs and much new office and retail space by 2025. Tied to this is a strong emphasis on creating an attractive and sustainable place residents can be proud of.

As a Key Regeneration Area, Barking town centre is a focal space for delivering new homes. The 2011 Barking Town Centre Area Action Plan set a a target of 6,000 additional homes in this area by 2024 – almost a third of the borough’s total. The plan emphasises the need for high-quality urban design and architecture, and both are in evidence at Anne Mews where the council has built 31 innovative homes.

The AAP also stresses the importance of creating a vibrant and attractive public realm. Along these lines, and with the ambition to increase employment, the Ice House creative industries quarter is currently in its second phase of development and hopes to provide workspace for the creative industries alongside office space and new housing.

This field trip will look at physical and social town centre regeneration plans, including the importance of civic space in supporting regeneration and stimulating local pride; how to provide space for the creative industries; and strategies and designs for building new (council) housing.

This visit will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 22nd July, from 3.00-5.00 PM.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register your interest, please email and we will confirm if you have secured a place.