Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Barking's Creative Quarter buzzing

Tue 11 December 2012, 5:45 pm

Barking's Creative Quarter is a hive of activity with its Malthouse building full to capacity, according to developer Rooff.

Among the reasons for the surge in occupancy is the use of the Malthouse's rehearsal space for the nearby Broadway Theatre pantomime production of Cinderella.

Development manager Steve Drury said Rooff would be providing more studio spaces in the Malthouse’s neighbouring Granary building in the new year, which would attract more creative enterprises.

The next phase of the wider Creative Quarter development at Abbey Road, by Bouygues Construction, started in September 2012, and will include a residential development, more creative studio space and eventually the permanent landscaping of the square around the Malthouse and Granary buildings.

In 2011, the Granary building’s stunning new bronze-clad extension won a World Architecture News Award.

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