The UK’s leading not-for-profit health organisation, Ukactive, has partnered with Barking Riverside Limited to create more opportunities for residents in Barking to be active.
Barking Riverside is a joint commercial and residential venture between regulated charitable housing association L&Q, and the Greater London Authority has contracted Ukactive to undertake a research project with a range of stakeholders to gauge which physical services would appeal to residents in the area.
The development is set to become London’s only ‘Healthy New Town’ – an NHS backed scheme that will see ten housing developments across England built to support & promote health and well being.
Ukactive CEO Huw Edwards said: “Ukactive is delighted to work with Barking Riverside on this innovative project to offer residents some fantastic opportunities to be more active.
“These ambitious plans have set out to include physical activity by design, rather than as an all-too-common afterthought – showing that Barking Riverside is committed to building homes which provide the best environment for a healthier, happier community.”
Edwards added: “The waterfront at Barking Riverside offers an exciting opportunity to create some great ways for local residents to get active right on their doorstep.”
Transforming a former power station into a thriving district, Barking Riverside is one of the UK’s most significant housing developments and home to more than 30,000 people.
Research by Sport England has shown Barking to have the highest level of physical activity across all London borough’s, with 30% of the population classed as physically inactive.
Ukactive wants to establish a sustainable and attractive physical activity offer using 2km of water frontage.
Matthew Carpen, Managing Director of Barking Riverside, said: “We are designing Barking Riverside as a place that changes outcomes for those who live here – putting local residents at the heart of our plans and ensuring that the facilities that we invest in are impactful and well considered.
“Ukactive will help us find the solutions and partnerships that are transformative and exciting. This project will bring more opportunities to the area – which could be anything from Dragon Boat Racing on the Thames, to open water swimming in a public lido.”