17 Mar 2020

Barking and Dagenham - the major projects set to transform East London borough

Barking and Dagenham - the major projects set to transform East London borough

From housing projects to iconic markets and even a scheme dubbed 'Barcelona on the Thames', life in one'East London'borough will be very different in the coming years.

There is major investment in parts of'Barking and Dagenham'that will have a big impact on more than 200,000 who live there.

Below, MyLondon has pulled together some of the projects and how they could shape the future.

Some have already got the go-ahead, while others remain in the consultation phase. But, what's clear is that there's no shortage of big ideas in the borough.

Three markets

(Image: Chetwoods (Architect))

Plans are underway to move three of London's historic markets to the borough.

The Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets could move to the site of the former Barking Reach Power Station at Dagenham Dock.

Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council, said: "The proposed new home for London's markets promises to bring a huge economic boost to the borough, and our priority will be to make sure that local people have the skills and training to take advantage of the employment opportunities that will arise.

'So, it's especially important that our residents and local businesses share their knowledge of the area and respond to the consultation to ensure that we can ensure the markets operate smoothly, and flourish and grow in their new location.'

The consultation on the proposals can be seen'here'and closes on March 20.

Women's museum

The East End Women's Museum was set up in 2015 but has been without a building. This year, a permanent home will open this year as part of the Barking Wharf development.

It will highlight the pioneering women of East London, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Sylvia Pankhurst, Mala Sen, Annie Brewster, Mary Driscoll, and Hannah Billig - as well as "local everyday history" from a women's perspective.

Sara Huws, co-founder of the East End Women's Museum said: "Women make history too. But without their voices and experiences the history books are only telling half the story. We want to put women back in the picture, and share new perspectives on East London's rich history.

'We believe Barking and Dagenham is the right base for the museum and we're excited to start working in the borough this year. Everyone we've spoken to has had a story to share: about a woman from their family, their street, or their community, and we know there are many more still to be told.'

Film studio

The latest designs for the Dagenham Studios were unveiled at the beginning of March. The major project pledges to turn a "former factory site into London's Hollywood".

The plans feature: six large sound stages ' equivalent to 140,000 sq ft; 85,200 sq ft of offices, and 174,500 sq ft of workshops.

Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: "This is a crucial stage in our ambition to make Dagenham London's Hollywood. Our dream of making the area as famous for films as it was for Fords is very much on track.

"The new studios will be a game-changer in bringing thousands of jobs to Dagenham.

"Dagenham is already becoming known as a new hotspot for digital and knowledge-based industries with a huge data centre under construction and the UCL PEARL research centre set to be built just a stone's throw away from the studios' site. It's another sign that Dagenham's star is rising."

Source: MyLondon


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