City of London Corporation Wholesale Markets

Closes 6 Aug 2019

Barking Reach, Dagenham Site

Finding a site for the new market was a challenge as large industrial sites in London with good access to the strategic road network are not readily available.

During the latter part of 2018 and the early part of this year the City Corporation undertook a site search focused on the Boroughs to the east of London, stretching out to the M25.

The City Corporation eventually considered four sites in detail in: Newham. Barking, Redbridge and Thurrock. Each location and site had much to offer but each also had constraints. The City Corporation undertook a robust appraisal process to understand the merits of each site. This included considering the opinions of the current tenants, customer and supplier access, availability of alternative forms of infrastructure other than road, the size and condition of the individual sites and opportunities for other uses in and around the markets.

Following a thorough assessment of the potential sites, the City Corporation made the decision to move ahead with the former Barking Reach Power Station site in Dagenham as the preferred site for co-locating the three wholesale markets.

Image of the Barking Reach Power Station on Chequers Lane, Dagenham

The 42-acre site of the former power station on Chequers Lane is located in the east of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and was bought by the City of London Corporation in late 2018.

A map of Barking Reach, Dagenham

Once the site has been cleared, it will provide enough room for all three wholesale markets.

The site is located next to the Dagenham Ford Engine Plant, immediately south of the A13, and close to Dagenham Dock National Rail station on the London, Tilbury and Southend route.

Access

We know the wholesale markets rely on the strategic road network. From suppliers delivering produce, to customers collecting their purchases, the road network is vital to the success of the markets.  

Strategic road network map around Barking Reach, Dagenham

  • The Barking Reach, Dagenham site is about 14 miles from central London
  • Site access is off the A13 and located between the North Circular and M25
  • Dagenham Dock National Rail Station within 5 minutes’ walk, and the Dagenham Dock bus terminus is immediately north of the site
  • There is potential access via rail and the river

The nearby Barking Riverside is a large mixed-use development which will be home to over 10,000 new homes creating a new London destination.

Market Design

Once cleared, the Barking Reach, Dagenham site will be large enough to accommodate Billingsgate, Smithfield and New Spitalfields wholesale markets and provide the flexibility required to respond to future innovations.

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We are now considering design in more detail with tenants, other interested parties and industry experts. We are only at the start of this journey.

  • Our initial concept makes use of single storey trading halls for each of the three food categories; and separates each building to accommodate the differing technical requirements of each of the food groups, such as temperature control, drainage and food handling requirements
  • The concept allows for each of the famous markets to maintain their own identity and brand, while reaping the benefits of co-location
  • Administration offices, kitchen space for training, restaurant and other facilities for market users, waste management and logistics can all be provided on site
  • Consideration will be given to how the developing design can be environmentally sustainable, such as by utilising the roof space for energy generation or harvesting rainwater

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  • To help make the markets a safe environment we would look to implement a design that separates Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) from Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) and cars making the process of visiting the market more efficient and safer for everyone
  • There could be a separate entrance for LGVs with an entry barrier system, so vehicles can accumulate on site, as opposed to parking along Chequers Lane
  • It is proposed to include electric charge points around the site to encourage users of the markets to switch to electric vehicles
  • We are exploring the potential for using the River Thames and the rail network to transport produce thereby reducing the amount of freight travelling by road