facade of Barking Central

Barking Central

403 Dwellings per hectare
516 units in 7 buildings (6-17 floors)

Mixed-use redevelopment of Barking’s Town Centre (IG11 7NB), featuring 7 buildings between 6 and 17 storeys. 

The scheme includes over 500 residential units, a 66-bed hotel, a bicycle shed for 250 bikes, nine retail units, a café, and an arboretum. 

Characterised by brightly coloured balconies, the project is intended to form a new civic square and prides itself on having reintroduced a number of historical routes.

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Street view of Barking Central

What residents say

I don't socialise so I'm here for the transport links and grocery stores.

I like the area even more than I expected but the building itself disppointed me: I live on the second floor and only look out at neighbourghs, no sense of space or light, feeling quite caged a lot of the times. The air is quite stuffy.

I am comfortable here. There are downsides but on balance I feel it's a decent place to live. The area isn't the best but the flats are adequate for my needs as a single young professional.