The brief for the Barking Central urban planning project was to redevelop the center of the London suburb. The architects at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris planned and designed the buildings for it. This involved converting existing structures, in some cases retaining the old footprints and extending them with functional, partitioning details. In others, as in the case of the six-floor residential block, entire storeys were added. The plans for the new Barking Learning Center complex, which houses a library, teaching rooms, and galleries, included merging levels to meet functional requirements.