Weston Homes gets green light for £350m regeneration of Barking Retail Park in UK

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jun 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based property developer Weston Homes and the Estates & Agency Group have gained planning approval for the £350m regeneration of Abbey Retail Park in Barking, London.

The Resolution to Grant planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham to regenerate the six-acre Abbey Retail Park into ‘Abbey Quays’, a new riverside urban-village.

Sprawling over 1,190,100ft², the Abbey Quays comprises 1,089 new homes of mixed tenure; 22,281ft² of commercial/leisure space, including a new riverside pub/restaurant; and a 6,857ft² Max Whitlock MBE athletes training centre/gym.

The project will also feature 11,528ft² of employment space; 5,059ft² of community space, including a community hall; and a community-hub/reception for residents.

Weston Homes chairman and CEO Bob Weston said: “The regeneration of this important Gateway site into a new waterfront urban-village adjacent to Barking Town Centre forms part of the Borough Council’s vision of bringing aspirational waterfront living to Barking.

"The £350m ‘Abbey Quays’ is one of the biggest urban renewal projects in East London, delivering striking new buildings, riverside public spaces, inward investment and job creation.

"The regenerated site will provide much needed affordable local housing for local Londoners, further enhance the local community and compliment the existing centre.”

Full planning permission for the project is expected following signing of a Section 106 legal agreement between the applicant and the council, Weston Homes said.

The Abbey Quays, which is masterplanned and designed by architectural practice Broadway Malyan, comprises contemporary buildings including a reception-hub and pavilion building; and new public and communal spaces.

It includes a total of 1,089 homes consisting of 737 private sale one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, while the remaining 352 units will be provided as affordable housing including affordable rent, shared ownership and discount market-sale tenures.

The housing will be provided across 13 residential blocks which will be split across three buildings, ranging from seven to 29 floors.

Weston Homes said in a statement: "One of the biggest urban renewal projects in East London, ‘Abbey Quays’ will front directly onto the River Roding, a tributary of the River Thames, and is bordered by London Road and Abbey Road, where it overlooks the Abbey Green public open space."

Image: Illustration of Abbey Quays project. Photo: courtesy of Weston Group Plc.

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