Sara Bloch is the Community Partnership Lead at Barking Riverside Ltd. Sara has spearheaded extensive peer research initiatives within London based communities that have led to the adoption of new approaches to community engagement in these contexts. Sara is committed to work that builds thriving resilient communities and situates local people in the lead of effecting change.


Thames Futures: Community peer research and accountability in regeneration

Day 2, 24 March, 11.45am

Delivered by Sarah Bloch, Zoe Dibb and Lucy Lee


Overlooking London’s iconic River Thames, Barking Riverside is founded on an ambitious vision for what placemaking can achieve.

One of the most exciting new developments in Europe, the project will help transform a 443-acre former industrial site into a new London district that everyone can be proud of.

Co-created in partnership with existing residents, the area is growing to become an exciting and vibrant neighbourhood of over 10,000 homes, commercial and leisure space, schools and facilities, public open spaces and riverside walks. Connectivity will be enhanced by a London Overground station and an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers pier, due to open later this year.

The project is delivered by master developers Barking Riverside Limited (BRL), a joint venture between housing association L&Q and the Mayor of London. BRL are partnering with local people, stakeholders, plot developers and designers, to help create a place that is ‘Barking Made’, with pride and purpose for everyone.


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