Showcased by Cabe as a model of inclusive design and exhibited at Somerset House as part of the Mayor's 100 public spaces exhibition 


Winner of the European Prize
for Urban Space 2008 


Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award, 2008



muf Team

Katherine Clarke, Liza Fior, Alison Crawshaw, Mark Lemanski, Sarah Whiting



Time Frame

The square was commissioned in January 2005 and delivered in 3 phases.


Phase 1: 

Completed September 2007


Phase 2:
Completion August 2009


Phase 2:

Completion December 2010


£2 million plus £3,00,000 for commissions outside the main contract




Redrow Regeneration Ltd on behalf of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham




Ardmore Construction ltd



Contract types

Phase 1: JCT 1998 Standard Form of Building Contract with Contractors Design

(JCT98wCD) plus amendments


Phase 2: JCT 2005 Design Build Contract (DB05) including revision 1: 2007 plus Amendments


Barking Town Square public realm was delivered through a number of separate

contracts, each with an independent team of consultants. muf worked with these

simultaneously in different roles.


Permanent Art Commission (Phase 1):

Designer, muf architecture/art LLP
(lead consultant)

Structural engineer: Atelier One


Phase 1 Public Realm:

Architects of the public realm:
muf architecture/art LLP (lead consultant)

Architects of the adjacent buildings: AHMM

Services engineer: Atelier Ten

Structural and civil engineers: Buro Happold


Phase 2 Public Realm:

Architects of the public realm:
muf architecture/art LLP

Architects of the adjacent buildings, AHMM (lead consultant)


Structural and civils engineer:

Beattie Watkinson

Services engineer: Atelier Ten

Services engineer (post transfer of services): CPC

CDM, Tweeds

Arborcultural consultant:

Arups Landscape (sub-consultant to muf)

Horticultural consultant:

Julie Bixley (sub-consultant to muf)



Commissions outside the main contract


Coordinator: muf architecture/art LLP

(lead consultant)


Literary consultant: Urban Words,

Yemisi Blake


Product design: Platform Two,

Royal College of Art


Graphic design: Axel Feldmann, Objectif


Internet sources


muf is enough’, Jay Merrick, Independent Newspaper


'Barking Town Square', Igloo, 9 June 2008



Books and magazines


‘Barking Town Square’ in, RIBA Awards 2011, Christine Murray, Rory Olcayto and others, Architects Journal vol. 233 no. 22, 2011 June 16


‘Barking Town Square’ in, Architecture 11: RIBA buildings of the year, Tony Chapman, (London : Merrell, 2011)


‘Barking Town Square, Barking & Dagenham, London (muf)’, by Claes Sorstedt and Anna Baldini, AD profile: 197.  Architectural Design vol. 79, no. 1, 2009 Jan./Feb.  p. 22-23 


‘Specifier’s choice: Barking Town Square; Architects: MUF’ by Sutherland Lyall, AJ Specification 2007 Jan., pp. 14-21


‘Regenerating Barking’ by Kieran Long, Architects Journal vol. 226, no. 9, 2007

Sept. 13, p. 23-35


‘Exhibition. Barking: a model town centre’,  Joshua Bolchover (On the exhibition curated by MUF and Kieran Long which was at the Barking Learning Centre 12-27 September) Architects Journal vol. 226, no. 12, 2007 Oct. 4, p. 10


‘Barking town square, London', A+T Collective Spaces: In Common 3, no. 27, 2006 Spring p. 40


‘Barking Town Square, Barking’ in Gritty Brits: new London architecture,  Raymund Ryan (Pittsburgh : Carnegie Museum of Art, 2006)


The Architectural Assemblage: A Dialogical Investigation of Barking Town Square,  Thomas Bernard Kenniff UCL PhD, 2013

'Identity in Peripheries: Barking and its Others', Thomas Bernard Kenniff

in Peripheries, R Morrow and G Abdelmonem (eds), (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2012) pp.40-53. 


'Barking Town Square', Regeneration & Renewal, 21 September 2007


'The Regeneration of Barking Town Square', New Start, 9 March 2008


'Barking', A10 (Netherlands), March 2010


'Town Square: The Toast of Europe', Barking & Dagenham Recorder, 8 March 2008


'European Prize for Public Urban Space 2008', Topos, June 2008


‘Square Dancing at Barking Central’, Ellis Woodman, Building Design, 27 November 2009