Barking for major mixed-use scheme

Published:  30 August, 2016

Benson Elliot and Londonewcastle submit plans to redevelop Vicarage Field shopping centre

Plans have been submitted for the wholesale redevelopment of the Vicarage Field shopping centre site in Barking town centre, East London. Property investor Benson Elliot and development managers Londonewcastle are planning to clear the shopping mall site for a major mixed-use scheme. Benson Elliot acquired the 5.2-acre site opposite Barking station for £35m from Northern Irish joint venture Lagmar last summer.

Designed by architects Studio Egret West, the plans would see the creation of 275,994 sq ft of retail space, 54,876 sq ft of leisure space, up to 13,450 sq ft of office space, 850 new homes, and a 150-room hotel. The redevelopment would also feature a cinema, 300-strong capacity music venue, primary school, healthcare facilities and public realm.

Peter Cornforth, director of retail at Benson Elliot, said: “This is an exciting milestone for our redevelopment plans, which we believe will support the creation of a vibrant town centre in Barking. Our proposals support the Borough’s vision for new homes and the Barking town centre Housing Zone as well as local economic growth for the benefit of everyone. The regeneration of this key east London metropolitan centre will play a pivotal part in shaping Barking’s long-term future.”

Mark Bass, president of the Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The redevelopment of the Vicarage Field site offers a fantastic opportunity to encourage more growth and investment in the town centre.”

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham will now start its own consultation on the plans and a decision is expected to be made by the Council’s Development Control Board later this year.

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