The first phase of a wider regeneration proposals in Barking Town Centre is a new type of educational facility providing 14-19 year olds with vocational training in Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Construction and IT.

The building defines two sides to the new market square whilst addressing the historic Magistrates Court. Student run Bistro and Hair Studio are open to the public blending work experience with learning. Additionally, the Barking Methodist Church is provided with new community facilities facing onto the square. The Skills Academy is a showcase for work-related learning. It is run more like a college than a school and hosts opportunities for the public to attend seminars, lectures, and other events.

"It is a truly impressive building and the facilities are amazing"

Barking and Dagenham College