Barking consent lifts Blue Monday

On 16th January 2017, otherwise known as the Bluest Monday in recent UK history, we had a piece of good news. Our proposal for the redevelopment of Vicarage Field shopping centre was granted planning permission by LB Barking.
 
The existing mono functional shopping centre sits on a prominent 5-acre plot in Barking Town Centre between Barking Station and Barking Central.
 
Our scheme will create an exemplar of ecological urbanism: A new high density neighbourhood and retail, restaurant and leisure destination for East London, to include a 6-8 screen cinema and 300-capacity music venue, together with 855 high quality homes, a 150-room hotel, enterprise workspace for start-up businesses, a healthcare facility, a three-form entry primary school and extensive public realm and green space.
 
The name Vicarage Field is derived from the sites history as a piece of agricultural land associated with a vicarage. We aim to achieve a strong urban farming presence through thoughtful integration of edible planting, growing gardens and rainwater harvesting. Harnessing this grow your own spirit is fundamental to creating an attitude of participation and ownership throughout the development. A family of 5 taller buildings are located at the centre of the site where heights increase to 36 storeys. The buildings are expressively rooted into Vicarage Square Ripple Walk creating a new and inviting route to Barking Station. The multi-layered landscape will tie the mix of uses together and create a distinctive identity.