Construction underway as £346m Fresh Wharf regeneration scheme in Barking breaks ground
The ceremony was attended by the Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, as well as Cllr Ashraf and key representatives from Countryside and Notting Hill Genesis.
Fresh Wharf, set across 10 acres of brownfield industrial land, is located by the River Roding, near Barking Town Centre. The development of 911 new homes, along with new shops, cafes and parks will transform the area into a new riverside destination.
Demolition commenced in February, and the initial completions in the first phase of the development, which will deliver 532 homes, are expected in autumn 2020. The entire development is due to complete by 2026.
Fresh Wharf will comprise of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses, and these homes are designed to maximise the benefit of the riverside frontage and city views. The scheme also includes a new, large, open park at the heart of the development with two further landscape-led public realm areas. The existing boat moorings will be re-instated with additional facilities added to the development. In the Northern Square there will be a selection of new local shops, cafes and restaurants which will add to the vibrancy of this exciting new place to live.
Situated along the banks of the River Roding, Fresh Wharf is ideally located, less than a 15-minute walk or five-minute cycle to Barking Station. The site is also adjacent to the North Circular and A13 for excellent transport links to London City Airport and Canary Wharf.
Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director, Partnerships South (East), Countryside, said: "Breaking the first ground is an important milestone for Fresh Wharf, marking the beginning of an eight-year programme to deliver 911 vital new homes to Barking Town Centre.
“We are delighted to see one of the largest residential sites identified within the Barking Town Centre Area Action Plan take such an important step forward. This scheme will provide not only much-needed new housing, but also community-focused public areas that are in keeping with our ethos of creating places people love.”
John Hughes, Group Development Director at Notting Hill Genesis, said: “This is a very exciting project for us, providing much-needed homes and public open space in a borough where we haven’t developed before. We are committed to creating a stunning waterside community where people will be thrilled to live and unwind, and I know Countryside and Barking and Dagenham Council share that determination.”
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “The River Roding is one of east London’s unsung waterways.
"This new development will help us revitalise the river and create one of London’s most vibrant waterside communities.”