O’Mahony Pike were appointed to develop proposals for the regeneration of the Abbey Retail Park in Barking, East London, within the Thames Gateway Development Area. The existing retail park is located along the banks of the Roding River channel and adjacent to the Abbey Green Park, the location of the original Barking Abbey and now a scheduled ancient monument.
The scheme proposes the revitalisation of the retail park as a residential neighbourhood accessible to Barking Town centre and as part of the on-going regeneration of the economically deprived Borough which has suffered since the withdrawal of the Ford motor car manufacturing activities.
A reanimation of the waterside and park side edges is key aspirations of the development, as well as a reconnection of the site to the town centre.An intensification of use is anticipated with the introduction of 1000 new residential properties, provided in a mixture of apartments duplex’s, town houses, individual dwelling and courtyard houses to provide a wide mix of residential typologies and tenures.
The site will also become the new location for a new 3 form entry primary school and interpretation centre, which will be associated the historic importance of the Abbey and its grounds.