Barking Skills Centre

Providing 14-19 year olds with vocational training.

This facility situated in the centre of Barking Town Centre is a new type of educational establishment that will provide 14-19 year olds with vocational training in Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Construction and IT. To further this aim the building also houses a Bistro allowing students to train under real working conditions. Part of the building also provides additional accommodation to the adjoining Church.

The accommodation is housed in a six storey concrete framed building. The concrete frame is generally of the flat slab and column arrangement with concrete shear walls providing stability. However in order to provide clear open space at the ground floor for the reception/foyer and at first floor for a gallery space, a reinforced concrete vierendeel girder has been introduced from second floor to the roof.  This is a 250mm thick reinforced wall of the building spanning 11.0m with regular openings to allow circulation around the building. In addition a cantilevered section of the building is hung from the floor above to provide clear space under.

The surface water drainage scheme incorporates rainwater harvesting and attenuation to help achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

Tully De’Ath have been appointed by East Thames to undertake Masterplanning services on the proposed redevelopment of Bromley by Bow.

The aim of the development is to replace derelict and under-utilized industrial space with a high quality mixed use development. As well as providing a range of new employment space, the scheme will create an attractive and accessible riverside environment.

Barking Skills Centre Project Details

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Rick Mather Architects

Contract Value

Completed 2013