Barking and Dagenham Council's urban regeneration company Be First, today revealed the vision for a rejuvenated Barking town centre, at international property conference MIPIM, in Cannes.
At a launch event held at the council's London Pavilion stand, the concept designs by architect Weston Williamson + Partners were unveiled to an audience of investors, developers and city planners; the centrepiece is a 2,200 home residential
project built above a renovated Barking station.
The scheme includes plans for commercial and social infrastructure, connected by over 2ha of green open spaces.
A new high street will offer improved retail space and link the existing civic centre and town squares to more isolated communities in the north, with a green 'spine' running parallel to it.
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: "We're raising the bar for development here in Barking and Dagenham, so our vision is deliberately ambitious, designed to ignite interest among investors, and excitement among local people.
"It is a starting point but the end point we’re seeking is a brilliant new town centre which will serve the people of Barking and east London."
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