Creative Industries Quarter, Barking

Disciplines involved:

London Thames Gateway Development Corporation instructed EDP to provide environmental services for the development of the new Creative Industries Quarter (CIQ) at Barking in East London.


EDP’s heritage and ecology teams provided vital inputs to the planning success of this Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed proposal.


The success of the scheme hinged on the demolition of two locally listed buildings within the Abbey Road Riverside Conservation Area, one of which was believed to include the remains of a 19th century ice-house.


Having completed a preliminary archaeology and heritage desk-based assessment, EDP led negotiations with English Heritage regarding the acceptability of the proposals, focusing on the scheme’s positive benefits, which include the restoration of a mid-19th century granary building, a characteristic landmark in the surrounding area.


Detailed investigation also cast doubt on the identification of the ice-house, the construction of which post-dated the demise of the local fishing fleet it was intended to service. Even then, the majority of the surviving fabric dated to an episode of rebuilding in the 1950s.


EDP also reviewed the ecological data for the site, co-ordinating reports to provide a robust submission. This focused on the adjacent River Roding – designated as a Site of Metropolitan Importance – as well as the delivery of biodiversity enhancements, such as brown roofs and a range of bird and bat nest/roost boxes, through the BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes schemes.



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