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Studio Egret West gets green light to revamp east London mall

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Plans by Studio Egret West to redevelop a shopping centre in Barking, east London, have been given the go-ahead

The proposals for the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre in Ripple Road - billed as ‘a rival’ to the nearby Westfield centre in Stratford - were approved by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham on Monday (16 January). 

Plans for the 138,000m² scheme include up to 25,650m² of shops, a 6-8 screen cinema, a 300-capacity music venue, more than 850 homes, a 150-room hotel, healthcare facility, primary school and public realm. It is hoped the project will also create up to 1,000 new full-time jobs.

The existing shopping centre sits on a 5-acre plot in Barking town centre and was built in 1991. The mall was bought by project backer Benson Elliot for £35 million in June 2015. Londonewcastle is working alongside Benson Elliot to develop the site. 

The design features a cluster of five buildings at the centre of the site - the highest a 36 storey block - with ‘sculptural legs’ that connect them to the ground below. The site was called Vicarage Field because of its former life as farmland associated with the vicarage, and the design will also include ’field patterns’ that tie in with its heritage. 

David West, founding director of Studio Egret West said: ’The romance of reviving the site’s agricultural spirit excites us, and we propose injecting a sense of countryside back into what has become an urban setting.

’We aim to achieve a strong urban farming presence through thoughtful integration of edible planting, growing gardens and rainwater harvesting. Harnessing this grow your own philosophy is fundamental to creating an attitude of participation and ownership throughout the development.’

Last week, Hounslow Council rejected plans for Studio Egret West’s 32-storey Chiswick Curve in west London.

View the planning application here 

Project data

Location Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking IG11 8DQ
Type of project Mixed Use
Client Benson Elliot & Londonewcastle
Architect Studio Egret West
Landscape architect Studio Egret West
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer HTS
M&E consultant Scotch Partners
Quantity surveyor Sweet
Gross internal floor area Up to 133,860m²


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