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Retail - For sale - Barking

Axe Street
Barking, IG11 7LX, Barking



We are delighted to offer to the market Abbey Sports Centre which has been declared surplus to
requirements by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

The property occupies a prominent island position and has been identified as a key Mixed Use Commercial Leisure-led Development site within the area.

The property is currently being used as a leisure centre, the building has an established D2 (sports centre) use. The Council has prepared a detailed Draft Planning Guidance Note which is included in the information pack.

In terms of planning policy, the site is located within the administrative boundary of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Key planning policy for the property therefore includes the Core Strategy, (adopted July 2010), the Site Specific Allocations (adopted December 2010), the Borough
Wide Development Policies DPD (adopted March 2011), the Barking Town Centre Area Action Plan DPD (adopted February 2011), the Joint Waste Plan DPD (adopted February 2012), and the London Plan, (adopted July 2011).

The Council are seeking to promote a Mixed Use Commercial Leisure - led Development on the site, with a focus on D2 uses linked to the arts and culture. It is however recognised that A3 and A4 ancillary uses may be required on site to support the primary Commercial leisure use. Residential uses on the uppers may also be suitable but should remain ancillary to the Commercial Leisure use.

Notably, given the Council’s investment in a new sport centre on an adjacent site, certain D2 uses would be deemed unacceptable such as a health centre, swimming bath and gymnasium.

The property is highly accessible and benefits from a public transport accessibility level (PTAL) 6a.


The property is located on Axe Street, close to Barking Town Square, within the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. The property is identified in red on the below map.

The surrounding area is mixed in character with a number of residential, commercial and cultural amenities in the vicinity. The immediate surrounding area is undergoing major regeneration with phase 1 and 2 of the Barking Town Square redevelopment recently completed. This scheme contains improvements to the public realm, a learning centre, leisure facilities, retail and residential uses and has been seen as a major catalyst for further growth in the area.

The property boasts excellent transports links with Barking Station located 0.6 KM (0.4 miles) to the north east. Barking Station provides access to the District Line, Hammersmith & City Line and London Rail Network. Average journey times are 16 minutes into London Fenchurch Street, 25 minutes into Bank, 35 minutes to Kings Cross St Pancras and 20 minutes to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

There are a number of arterial roads in the vicinity of the property with the A123 bounding the south of the property and providing a direct link with the North Circular (A406) which provides access to the motorway network.

Additional information

The property can be viewed with ease from the surrounding roads. If access is required to the existing building please contact us directly.

  • Parking : Not Known
  • Number of parking places : 0
  • The property extends to approximately 0.97 acres (0.39 ha) and is broadly rectangular in shape. It occupies a prominent position adjacent to the cultural quarter of Barking Town Centre, close to the Broadway Theatre, Town hall, Barking Learning Centre and a short distance from the Icehouse Quarter (Creative Industries) on Abbey Road. The site area is almost fully covered by Abbey Sports Centre; a mix of single storey brick built buildings currently occupied and run as a sports centre containing a swimming pool of 25 meters in length and 1.6 meters at the deepest point.
  • Updated: 12/03/2014
    Reference: 757893
    Retail Development opportunities: For sale, Freehold
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    Mr Pierre Clement
    5 Aldermanbury Square
    EC2V 7HR

    020 7338 8148

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    5 Aldermanbury Square
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    020 7338 4468

    Mr Julian Gaynor
    5 Aldermanbury Square
    EC2V 7HR

    020 7338 4162

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