Barking High Street Shops

Barking High Street Shops

Barking High Street Shops

YOU&ME are working closely with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and local shop keepers Paint the Town regeneration programme to improve the appearance of seven shops in Barking Town Centre. 


Photo Express and Barking News & Wines were the first shops to be completed in this phase, with a further 5 shops completed in Summer 2014. The new designs embellish on the unique identities of each individual shop, drawing on inspiration from the products and services offered, as well as referencing the context of Barking High Street as a whole.  


The window of the Photo Express shop has been decorated with an oriel window motif, referencing the architectural character of the single Victorian terrace unit part of which the shop occupies, creating a coherent overall design which complements the building as a whole. On a practical level, the shop window has been opened up to bring more daylight into the shop and maximise its visibility to and from the High Street, along with new neon sign, A-board, new artwork to the roller shutter and an interior display of Barking archive high street photos and passport photos from past years. 


The News & Wines new shop front becomes a public front, addressing the High Street.  A family of mobile objects (Milk crate, newspaper rack, Lyca mobile stand and bubble gum dispenser) sit on the pavement iproviding poster display, notices and latest offers to the sides of the objects. Other works include new sign board, decluttering of the window and new vinyl to windows, upgrading of external paintwork and internal refurbishment work.

Other shops improved include Herbs & Acupuncture, House Quality Products, Poppins Restaurant, Barking Halal Butchers and the florists inside Barking Station. 

The project is funded through the Mayor’s Outer London Fund and is part of a larger programme to strengthen the vibrancy, character and economic vitality of London’s high streets and town centres. Our approach addresses the physical improvements to the shops and also aims to establish creative relationships with local businesses to make Barking a unique and exciting place to visit. We would like to see Barking grow culturally and economically and engender delight and pride amongst its residents. 


See some of the completed work on the  Paint the Town blog, together with phase 01 work by We Are Laura, The Bread Collective and Zarah Hussain

For more information go to our new High Streets Shopfronts blog