A strategic project to enhance the public spaces and civic identity of Barkingside, a suburban town centre on the edge of East London.

We created two new spaces - Barkingside Town Square and Virginia Gardens park – immediately adjacent to the town’s well-used (and Grade 2 listed) Fullwell Cross Library & Leisure Centre, whilst also delivering wider strategic wayfinding, shopfront and cultural commissions, including projects by Assemble, Robert Nicol, Office S&M & Eveleigh & Klein, and producing a cultural and architectural history of the area, Around Barkingside.

We have transformed underused spaces into lively, activated and inhabitable ones, in the process boosting the cultural & economic offer of the high street and rehabilitating the existing civic buildings such that their public spaces and frontages are as generous as their interiors.

The scheme was developed in response to our review of the borough's recent Town Centre Improvement Plan which identified a range of interventions aimed at enhancing the town, including public realm, business enhancements, identification of development sites and community initiatives.

DK-CM are now working with the borough to create markets and other events in the new spaces, and recently delivered a follow-up commission to provide a retail unit and public convenience in Virginia Gardens.

Go to project Barkingside Town Square
Go to project Virginia Gardens

Client London Borough of Redbridge / Greater London Authority
Value £2m
Dates 2012-2014
Collaborators JMP, Europa, eHRW

Special Mention European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016
Commended New London Awards 2015: The Mayor's Prize
Shortlisted New London Awards 2015: Public Spaces Category
Nominated Civic Voice Awards 2015