Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ plans for Barking Riverside create more than 10,000 homes on 179 hectares of undeveloped land to the east of London. The project takes influence from the best urban spaces and examples of urban regeneration from around the world, including Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm, as well as the unique natural conditions and ecology of this stretch of The Thames.
The masterplan sets out distinctive districts and major routes: a Marina district and waterfront square will provide an area of high density and focus in the area around the London Overground Station, a second area of higher density will be created inland in a tightly knit area with the character of an historic walled town and will be enclosed by a ring of taller buildings which give onto a suburb of low rise housing. Landscape plays a major role in the designs, with major routes kept away from the river in order to preserve the wild character of the water’s edge.
Pedestrians and cyclists have been given traffic-free paths throughout the masterplan and the walled town district features a central boulevard and busway modelled on Helsinki’s Esplanade – one of Europe’s most admired urban spaces.
Barking Riverside is a key site in the GLA’s London Riverside Opportunity Area. The plans were given a major boost when the Chancellor awarded £55 million of public funding to extend the London Overground railway into the site in 2014’s Autumn Statement.
Client Barking Riverside
Location London IG11
Status Current project
Masterplanner Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands