Barking Riverside 209B is situated on the north side of the River Thames approximately 3.5km south-east of Barking town centre, on a site formerly occupied by Barking Power Station, which was decommissioned in the 1980s.
Sitting within the wider Barking Riverside development, the project will create 229 new homes, retail and restaurant space, with associated parking, landscaping and tertiary roads. The scheme will create a distinct family of building typologies, including the Circus Building, Mansion Building, Apartment Buildings, Corner Building and two terraces of townhouses. This range of building types creates a balance between architectural variety and desirable repetition through the use of a limited material palette.
The buildings range in height from three to nine storeys, with the inclusion of setback levels to the Circus and Mansion Buildings. Two private courtyards are proposed towards the centre of the plot and will provide semi-private communal amenity space for residents. The Yards provide a varied public realm with soft and hard landscaping, play space, private gardens, shared surfaces, cycle storage facilities and residential car parking whilst responding to the site levels.
The success of the public realm interaction with architecture and new amenity spaces is key in creating a sense of place. Well defined entrances to ground floor residential and commercial units have been located on the main building frontages to activate the local streetscape, as well as providing a sense of arrival and security.