Barking Riverside



Barking Riverside is a 443-acre site close to Barking town centre in the Thames Gateway with planning permission for 10,800 homes over 25 years. Buzzards Mouth Court, one of the first two development phases, won a Housing Design Award for its eco-friendly features and tenure mix.


As well as community amenities such as a primary school, place of worship, healthcare facilities and social enterprise units, Barking Riverside includes generous public spaces. Over 41% of the site is dedicated to open space including a new ecology park and all areas are linked by parkland, cycle routes and footpaths, and play and sports areas.


A range of environmental measures have been incorporated into the project to protect local wildlife, including green roofs, rainwater harvesting and ponds to store rainfall for future use as well as planted swales.


Alex established a coherent written style for the project and produced three design statements which were submitted as planning condition documents. Alex worked with architects Sheppard Robson and Maccreanor Lavington, landscape architect Gustafson Porter, engineer Hyder Consulting and streetscape designer JMP Consultants.


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Alex Harvie specialises in devising and implementing content-led communications campaigns.


She has developed perception change strategies for large-scale regeneration projects including Wembley Park, the London Olympics, Barking Riverside and the Greenwich Peninsula, as well as devising national outreach projects for high-profile organisations such as DEFRA and the Design Council.


Alex’s publishing work ranges from the commemoration of British victims of September 11 for DCMS, to the first definitive cultural redefinition of Iran in 70 years.