In articulating a vision for Barking town centre we considered the social infrastructure that is necessary to ensure that the potential economic benefits reach those most in need, so that no-one is left behind. Such intensification can only be successful if created through excellent place-making and through betterment of connectivity and surrounding environments.
New urban quarters and green spaces
With the existing listed station building at its heart, the scheme provides an enhanced, integrated community comprising of approximately 2,200 new homes, together with new commercial and social infrastructure, all connected by over 2 hectares of new clean, green, accessible open spaces.
The masterplan includes significant over-track development - creating a series of urban quarters linked by a reinvigorated high street and capillary routes.
The dynamic new high street will serve as an urban and cultural magnet, linking the existing civic centre and town squares to the isolated communities in the north. A new green spine, parallel to the high street, will connect public spaces and provide an improved retail offer. The new street layout is a loose grid that articulates more human-scale urban quarters complemented by green courtyard spaces, echoing the layout of exemplary town centres in London.
A diversity of typologies provides a rich group of neighbourhoods that benefit not only future residents but existing communities as well.