Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Funding support for heritage project

By James Renoux-Wood - Mon 16 March 2015, 4:38 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council has received initial support for a 1.4 million "townscape heritage" bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will be used for preserving and enhancing important buildings and spaces across the Abbey and Barking Town Centre conservation area.

Its purpose is to improve the appearance and profile of the town centre, increase awareness of the borough’s historical assets and to ensure heritage plays a key part of the town’s ongoing regeneration.

The scheme will focus on carrying out external renovations to locally-listed buildings across Station Parade and East Street and deliver a landscaped entrance to the Barking Abbey ruins and St Margaret’s Church. 

An educational and activity programme is also included for local schools, residents and volunteers to get involved in the scheme. Students from the college’s Technical Skills Academy on East Street will have a lead role in the design and delivery of the building improvements.  

Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration at Barking and Dagenham Council, said: ‘Cabinet colleagues and I are thrilled and extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the award. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s generosity will be a catalyst to supporting our ambition to regenerate and revitalise the town centre as we strive towards establishing it as the cultural capital of east London’.

Over the next year the council will be contacting business owners and landlords on East Street and Station Parade about the scheme and how they can benefit.

<

Share

Latest News

City to acquire power station site

The City of London Corporation is about to buy Barking Power Station site in east London for around 125 million, according to Property Week.

Mayor's funding pledge for council homes

A £25 million grant for Barking and Dagenham Council will help it support new housebuilding over the next four years.

Council leader lauds Beam Park approval

Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, has welcomed the decision to approve the proposed Beam Park…