Open House Festival

Barking & Dagenham - regeneration trail


Haworth Tompkins, 2023

Long Reach Road, IG11 0JH

Barking and Dagenham has become the blueprint for urban regeneration. Starting at Industria, - the UK’s first multi-storey light industrial development - and finishing at A House for Artists, this self-guided trail gives visitors the opportunity to experience the transformation of the borough. These projects are supported by the Mayor of London.

Getting there






EL1, EL2

Additional travel info

Barking Riverside Train Station is also a 25-minute walk away from Industria, and the EL3 bus route also offers on Radford Way, a 5-minute walk from Industria.



How it works

This is a self-guided trail that covers three regeneration sites in Barking:

1. Industria
2. Phoenix Pocket Park
3. A House for Artists

Details for activities at each of these sites can be found below, and navigation between these sites will be self-guided, so visitors will need to navigate between these sites themselves (we will provide transport advice on the day).

Please note, there are limited spaces available for the Industria section of this tour, so this is a ticketed event that requires booking in advanced. The other sites do not require advanced booking, but they do have a maximum capacity of 150 people at any one time.


Industria is a striking, flexible industrial building that sets pioneering new standards for sustainability. It is targeting an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating, an EPC A+ rating, and will have a 100% solar PV roof cover.

Industria officially launches just days before this event, so visitors will be among the first people to see the development in person. We will have a representative from the developer, Be First, and the architect, Haworth Tompkins, providing a guided tour of the development, providing insight into the scheme, the architectural principles behind it, and what it means for the borough.


Address: Long Reach Road, IG11 0JH

Phoenix Pocket Park

Phoenix Pocket Park is a meanwhile-use park in the Gascoigne Neighbourhood. Join the landscape architect for the park and the principal architect for Gascoigne Neighbourhood to find out about why the park came to be, the design principles behind Gascoigne Neighbourhood, the placemaking principles behind Phoenix Pocket Park, and how it's been used since its creation. MAX CAPACITY 150 AT ANY ONE TIME Address: 105 Abbey Rd, Barking IG11 7DA

A House for Artists

A House for Artists is an ambitious project, designed to provide affordable, sustainable housing for artists, who will offer long-term civic and cultural engagement for communities in Barking Town Centre. Join us for a party with family workshops, architect talks, food and music, for your chance to see A House for Artists' community space in action. MAX CAPACITY 150 AT ANY ONE TIME Address: 36 LINTON RD, BARKING, IG11 8SE

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