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Becontree Takes Over: A RIBA Late

Royal Institute of British Architects

1 December 2021

Join RIBA as they open their building (66 Portland Place) and exhibitions after hours to mark the centenary of the Becontree Estate. Expect music, dance, workshops and conversations co-programmed with the artist Verity-Jane Keefe to bring the life of this Barking and Dagenham community into the heart of central London.

This event is completely FREE, but pre-registration is essential. For more information click here.


Pop-up talks

East End Women’s Museum on opening a new museum in Barking to represent the stories of women in London’s East End.

Photographers Kalpesh Lathigra and David Bennett on photographing the trees of Becontree.

Nimtim architects on plans for a number of unused green corner plots across the Becontree Estate.


Barking & Dagenham Youth Dance (BDYD)


Coated in trails of Wisteria, Barking & Dagenham College Photography Department.

Corner plot commission - an exhibit bringing together shortlisted proposals for re-working a number of green corner plots across Becontree.

Drop-in workshops

Eclectic estates – design and add your own house to our very own streetscape which will grow and spread across the night.

Experiment with pargeting – an opportunity to experiment with a new technique and create your own plasticine parget motif to take home with you.


A collection of short films capturing the Becontree Estate now and how it has changed over the past 100 years.

Artist-led exhibition tours

Tours across the night led by artist Verity-Jane Keefe and photographer Kalpesh Lathigra.

This event is part of RIBA's programme of events for the Becontree centenary, a partnership between Create London and RIBA, supported using public funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund and Span Trust.

Additional information: RIBA are putting on a complimentary coach for residents travelling from Dagenham Library to RIBA. Seats are limited so please do email talks@riba.org to find out more or secure your spot here. Please note that this coach is available to those over the age of 18.

66 Portland Place

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. They serve their members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that they do.