Barking Riverside: What does it have to offer?

It’s a slice of luxurious Thames riverside living with green features and plenty of additions to look forward to. We take a look at Barking Riverside’s ongoing development and future plans for the area.

What is the Barking Riverside development?

Barking Riverside is another important example of the wider trend of urban regeneration across London. The site for the mixed-use residential and commercial development used to be a power station which closed in 1981. After years of being disused brownfield land, The Greater London Authority partnered with developer Bellway Homes to bring it to life.

The Barking Riverside development project saw 900 new homes constructed under Bellway and the first residents moved in during 2012. However, the planning permission for 10,800 homes was dependent on providing adequate public transport links for the whole community. The plan was always to do this by partnering with TfL and extending the London Overground Line to Barking Riverside.

When will the Barking Riverside Overground station be ready?

Finally, after so much disruption and delay, the new Barking Riverside station is now open. This major extension of the London Overground now connects passengers to central London in as little as 22 minutes and to Barking in just 7 minutes. This is a major benefit for Barking Riverside residents. The new station gives everyone in the expanding development easy access to both the eastern and western branches of the overground via Gospel Oak.

Also, the completion of the new station will encourage the building of potentially thousands of new homes at Barking Riverside. This process has started already. Current project owners L&Q have partnered with the Mayor of London. They are finalising plans to bring the area up to 10,000 homes.

What are Barking Riverside schools like?

As the development expands, the need for accessing top-quality schooling is on the rise. There are currently three schools serving the area and you can use this app to check them out in detail. There’s also a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school as well as two private nurseries.

Of all the Barking Riverside schools, Riverside School is the most conveniently placed for most residents. Both the primary and secondary parts of Riverside School have received ‘Good’ results from their most recent Ofsted reports. The reports highlight the generally exemplary behaviour of students, as well as excellent safeguarding procedures and provisions for disadvantaged students.

What are Barking Riverside’s green features?

Barking Riverside is a sustainable development project. This is the general direction of urban regeneration for London and other major UK cities in general. While more homes are needed across the capital, building responsibly while bearing environmental issues in mind is something everyone wants to see happen.

This is why Barking Riverside has a number of green features prominently on display, including:

A pioneering automated underground waste disposal system called Envac.The Wilds Ecology Centre, due to open this year, where community organisations and a local university will work with residents to increase the knowledge and understanding of Barking Riverside’s unique wildlife.Systems for harvesting and storing rainwater. Green roofs for protecting wildlife habitats. Advanced drainage systems, used to grow plants and provide irrigation.41% of the development is open space, linked with cycle routes, footpaths and parkland.

What new homes at Barking Riverside are available?

While we may have to wait until late 2022 or possibly early 2023 to see some major movement with this ongoing project, there’s still plenty to explore right now. Both the original developer Bellway Homes and the current project owner L&Q have new homes at Barking Riverside to offer.

Bellway’s Phase 2 Barking Riverside homes range from 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, as well as 4-bedroom houses. Their prices range from £249,995 to £400,495 and each comes with a private terrace or balcony:

Barking Riverside is a L&Q and Bellway Residential development that offers a selection of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a range of houses in Barking. It also offers 100 units of specific build-to-rent units operated and managed by L&Q PRS. Upney Station is the closest form of public transportation and it serves the […] Read reviews and details of Barking Riverside, IG11

L&Q also has a range of attractive rental homes in the area. These offer stylish, minimalist interior design and a high-quality finish:

L&Q are offering a range of private rental homes at Barking Riverside. The development is one of the most exciting placemaking projects in Europe. Barking Riverside will transform a former industrial site along the River Thames into a new London district. As well as this, the site is alongside 2km of south facing Thames river […] Read reviews and details of L&Q at Barking Riverside Private Rental, IG11

Barking Riverside: One to watch

The next few years could be very exciting for Barking Riverside. The development is already a ‘proven concept’, and has established itself as an award-winning development ready for expansion once conditions are right.

With the new Overground station now complete, we can expect to hear a lot more about Barking Riverside developing its masterplan of reaching 10,000 homes.

London’s largest regeneration scheme, Barking is something of a work-in-progress. For instance, project milestones include a brand-new town centre completed in 2007, as well as an ongoing riverside neighbourhood that’ll be packed with restaurants and shops when complete. But where are the best places Read more about Barking

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