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Pier pressure at Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside – our joint venture partnership with the Mayor of London

Local politicians, community leaders and partners came together to celebrate the opening of the Barking Riverside Pier at a special reception for stakeholders.

Barking Riverside is our joint venture partnership with the Mayor of London. One of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects in Europe, the 15-year development programme will deliver over 10,000 homes, an overground station, commercial and leisure facilities, and new schools on the site of the former Barking Power Station.

Guests travelled to Barking Riverside via the new Uber Boat by Thames Clippers service from London Bridge City Pier. On arrival, they disembarked the boat onto the pier and walked the short distance to the newly decked area of the project office to enjoy a drinks and canapé reception.

Speeches from key partners took place on the boat and on land including by Vicky Savage, Group Director of Development and Sales. Vicky spoke about our long-term vision for the project and the unique advantages we brought to the partnership, such as our ability to fund parts of the infrastructure upfront.

Other speeches were made by Seb Dance, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Sean Collins, CEO at Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, and Matthew Carpen, Managing Director at Barking Riverside Limited.

The opening of the Barking pier is a major milestone for Barking Riverside, which is now the most eastern stop on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ route. Historically an underserved section of the river, the new stop creates a link across the Thames to Woolwich in just six minutes, and up the river to Greenwich and Canary Wharf within 20 and 35 minutes respectively.

Vicky Savage, Group Director of Development and Sales at L&Q, said:

“This was a really proud day for us and capped off the incredible story of the pier – which was floated across the sea from the Netherlands before being installed!

"The new clipper service will have a huge impact on the whole community, and we’re now looking forward to the new Overground Station opening later this summer.

"Only a housing association with the scale and capabilities of L&Q could have made these transformative changes happen. We don’t face the same short-term challenges that many private housebuilders do, so could invest up front to make these transformative infrastructure projects happen. If you haven’t visited Barking Riverside yet, we’d urge you to find out what it’s all about.”

To learn more about the project, visit the Barking Riverside website.