Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Bigger entertainment role at Vicarage Field

By Natalie Vincent - Mon 25 September 2017, 3:05 pm

Proposals for the redevelopment of Vicarage Field Shopping Centre in Barking town centre include a new multi-screen cinema and music venue in plans aiming to revitalise the centre’s evening and weekend economy.

Latest CGI plan of Vicarage Field

Proposals for the redevelopment of Vicarage Field Shopping Centre in Barking town centre include a new multi-screen cinema and music venue in plans aiming to revitalise the centre's evening and weekend economy.

A six to eight-screen cinema and 300-capacity music and performance venue could join a range of restaurants, bars and a hotel within the new shopping complex that forms part of the wider Barking Creative Zone plans.

Peter Cornforth, director of retail at Benson Elliot, said: "Barking has a growing reputation as an exciting east London cultural destination and we are keen to support this vision. Our plans for Vicarage Field will enhance the town centre’s evening and weekend economy by providing a high quality cinema and music and performance venue, as well as a host of other benefits."

"We want to encourage participation in the arts by working with local communities to curate programmes that give up-and-coming acts an opportunity to showcase their talent. Watch this space."

Vicarage Field was originally home to Barking Football Club from 1884 until it was sold in 1991 to construct the current shopping centre. Between 1945-46 it was converted briefly to an anti-aircraft site with all matches played away during that period.

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