Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Vicarage Field Redevelopment and our responses. We hope you find these useful but if you have any other questions, you can contact us.
Why are you building new homes? How many homes will there be?
Barking Town Centre was designated a ‘Housing Zone’ by the Mayor of London in February 2015. The aim of a Housing Zone is to significantly increase supply to help meet the Borough’s and London’s increasing housing demands. Vicarage Field will deliver over 900 homes, all of which will meet the height, size and density standards set out by the London Plan.
What kind of homes are you proposing?
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham has granted outline permission for over 900 homes, ranging from studio’s to 3-bedroom apartments.
How will the new residents be affected by noise/pollution?
As part of the planning process, we undertook a full environmental assessment to help us identify any noise/air pollution measures that need to be taken. The project team is keen to demonstrate environmental and social responsibility and believe the proposals will create healthy living environments for all occupants and visitors through vastly improved green and open spaces.
Are all the shops going to be replaced?
The shopping centre will be fully redeveloped and deliver a vibrant new mix of high-quality units fit for modern needs as well as key anchor tenants, complemented by a wider offering of flexible workspace, fitness and leisure operators.
What new shops can we expect? Which retailers have you spoken to already?
With the retail industry in the midst of large-scale change, we are very open minded about the types of established and emerging brands who can contribute to a re-energised town centre offer. With the type, range and service offering of shops and stores rapidly evolving, the nature and style of the customer experience will be pre-eminent in curating the scheme’s content. With demand for quality housing and new workspace in Barking too, we feel there is an ideal opportunity to add new vitality to the tenant mix and customer offering.
What will happen to the existing retailers on site? Will they be re-provided space within the development?
All of the existing tenants in the Shopping Centre are aware of the redevelopment and, where possible, we will be helping businesses to find alternative premises before the 2022 construction start date.
Will there be restaurants or just shops?
Food and beverage, especially relaxed casual dining for families and young professionals is very much part of our aspirations for the customer offer. We see the development helping to establish a safe, welcoming and highly enjoyable evening experience in Barking town centre, stimulating interest in all its social and cultural facilities. Flexible co-working space will also be a prominent feature of the plans bringing an additional consumer group that will contribute to increasing footfall. Alongside larger operators we are also looking to work with some of the most innovative and exciting independent food operators in London to add to the local culinary scene.
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Will you be working with the new wholesale food markets coming to Dagenham Dock?
The City of London’s ambition to consolidate and relocate their wholesale markets to Dagenham Dock presents a great opportunity for Vicarage Field to develop a best-in-class food offer to local residents and visitors to the town centre. We are very much aligned with the Council’s vision for the Town Centre to be a place known for its healthy, high quality food offer and intend to explore provision of a unique and transformational food hub. As well as an exciting customer offer, this will become place for food entrepreneurs to set up businesses, developing and testing their products or experimenting with new ideas in collaboration with other businesses.
I am interested in the proposed workspace being offered in the plans. Can you tell me what kind of workspace is being proposed?
As part of the redevelopment we are looking to provide a mix of workspaces for commercial and social use. We see this being primarily delivered through co-working space, which we think best responds to local demand from SME’s, young professionals and students, as well as giving local entrepreneurs and start-ups alike a base to grow. We are open to hearing about what other kinds of space could be brought through as part of our overall workspace offer. Opportunities to lease or rent are still some way off, but you can register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Do we need a cinema? How big will it be and who will it be run by?
Our proposals include space for a new cinema offering as part of the development. Depending on the way in which the cinema industry rebounds post-Pandemic we would envisage a mainstream operator taking the space for a family orientated programme across multiple screens and supporting a range of restaurants nearby for casual dining. We feel that the leisure proposals for the scheme are sufficiently flexible to respond to customer trends and will help bring further investment and footfall to the town centre, to the benefit of all surrounding businesses and traders.
What will it the arts and music venue look like and who will it be run by?
The arts and music venue will be flexible, multi-use, with the entrance located on the first floor near the restaurants and cinema to contribute to the new leisure destination. It will complement the Broadway Theatre and provide a flexible space for local artists of all disciplines to run workshops, educate and exhibit. PineBridge Benson Elliot and Londonewcastle were previously engaged in another scheme in London where a similar venue was proposed and we looked to local interest groups to assist in the design and operation of the venue. We anticipate a similar process here.
How many rooms will the hotel have?
The hotel will have up to 150 rooms and will be positioned in the centre of the development overlooking the main public space.
What will the health care facility look like? Where will it go?
The development allows for a wellbeing clinic to be located on the corner of Vicarage Drive and Ripple Road. The exact size, configuration and timescales for provision of this facility are subject to consultation with local stakeholders.
What public spaces are you proposing? Will the green spaces be open to the public?
We are proposing a mixture of publicly and privately accessible open spaces. The entire ground and first floors will be open to the public with feature seating areas and landscaping. Trees and foliage will also line the first-floor walkway to help create a green quality to the shopping and leisure experience. A separate field level will also be accessible to residents as an amenity space.