Barking Central One

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Barking, 2007


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Barking Central consists of 246 apartments above a two-storey library 

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  • Barking Central consists of 246 apartments above a two-storey library    
  • The populated square    
  • Repeating balconies on all four residential facades of the gallery and library    
  • Staggered balconies    
  • Barking Central will consist of five buildings, all of them housing with mixed-use ground floors, and all designed by London-based AHMM    
  • Balconies overlook an elevated open space    
  • Balconies overlook an elevated open space    
  • Muf    
  • A protuberance from the library encloses the Town Hall Square    
  • Inside the library    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Top floor plan    
  • Aerial visual of Barking Central    
  • The scheme is part of a wider regeneration of Barking    

The first stage in the masterplan for the town centre of London Borough, Barking, provides 246 flats in two parallel blocks

The scheme comprises four buildings arranged around a new public square, designed by muf Architects, each accommodating a significant quantity of housing.

The ground floors of the three smaller buildings are given over to commercial activities while the fourth would be constructed directly on top of the retained structure of the existing library. This building was assigned to a first phase of works, which commenced in 2003.

The eight-storey phase 1 building is on the western edge of the forecourt and incorporates a two-storey extension to the library. The elevations of the housing above have a staggered arrangement of windows and colourful balconies.


  • Begun: Dec 2004
  • Completed: Nov 2007
  • Floor area: 19,800m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £35M
  • Procurement: Design and Build (JCT 98 CD with Quantities)
  • Address: Barking Central Development, Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7RL, United Kingdom

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