New images and plans have been released by Be First of the first stages of a re-developed Barking town centre – recently dubbed mini-Manhattan.

The plans feature 400 new affordable and shared ownership homes as well as private rental, in two sky scrapers which will replace a run-down tower block, Crown House in Cambridge Road.

They also preserve the Grade II listed Tabernacle Church and introduce mixed use-retail units – suitable for cafes and restaurants – better public access and a landscaped public square.

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First said: “These proposals show our idea of creating a vibrant, liveable town centre is not just a pipe dream.

“We are just at the start of realising our vision of making a mini-Manhattan for ordinary Londoners.”

The proposals for the scheme, with an estimated value of £130 million, will go out for formal consultation on Tuesday 24 July and will go before Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee this Winter.

Residents and businesses can make their views known at a special consultation event in Barking Station, 2-8pm on Tuesday 24 July or at