Action plan exploring how the industrial areas of Barking & Dagenham can be used to enrich the borough’s creative enterprises.

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DK-CM, Create London and the New Economics Foundation led on the delivery of a substantial research study and investment plan, exploring how the industrial areas of the borough can be used to enrich the borough’s creative enterprises. The rivers’ industrial land is identified as having the capacity for intensification and reactivation as a public space, a key opportunity to support the burgeoning cultural and creative industries in the borough.


The final report took the form of two documents: an action plan, combined with a rigorous research study. The research study brought together detailed analysis of history and policy context, alongside a series of interviews with local creatives. Broad and diverse in nature, the conversations kick-started the project and set a firm basis from which the action plan evolved.

The action plan put forward a rigorous series of policy recommendations, including spatial and strategic projects, none of whcih are dependent on CEZ funding to be taken forward. The project involed collaboration with diverse individuals, organisations and creatives across Barking & Dagenham, and close collaboration with the BeFirst planning and regen teams. 


  • Client: London Borough of Barking & Dagenham 
  • Dates: April – July 2018 
  • Collaborators: Create London, New Economics Foundation, Europa
  • Status: Completed

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