CASE STUDY: Park East, Erith | Wates
320
New homes built
£95 million
Project value
2023
Completion date
80%
Affordable rent
20%
shared ownership
31
apprentices supported

Park East, being delivered in partnership with Orbit and the London Borough of Bexley, will see 320 mixed tenure homes built in Erith.

The Park East regeneration is a £95 million development in Erith, being delivered with housing association Orbit, in partnership with the London Borough of Bexley. The project will see 320 new homes built, of which 80% will be for affordable rent and the remaining 20% for shared ownership in order to accommodate a mixed tenure community. Work is expected to be completed by 2023.

Providing Training Opportunities

Wates Residential and Orbit are committed to providing employment opportunities for local people in order to reduce the amount of unemployed people in Erith and surrounding areas, and also help combat the skills shortage that there is in the industry.

Wates Residential has hosted two bespoke training courses in Bexley; Building Futures in October 2019 and Construct a Career in March 2020. The courses support unemployed adults in gaining valuable practical and theoretical experience in the construction industry. The programmes involved site visits to Park East and West Street, another of Wates Residential’s sites in Erith, basic health & safety and asbestos awareness training and practical carpentry skills before a celebration event on the final day.

Providing Employment Opportunities

Along with providing training, Wates and Orbit have pledged to provide employment opportunities, which includes hiring at least 31 apprentices and 25 people in full time employment from the local area. The first two ‘Apprentice Demolition Operatives’ were hired in October 2019 and worked with Erith Group, the demolition contractor on site.

Park East housing development - timelapse video

Supporting the Local Community

Throughout Wates Residential and Orbit’s partnership they have been supporting the local community through donations, volunteering and charity work.

This has included an IT donation to a local Youth Centre, Active Horizons to help young people who do not have access to computers or WIFI at home with school work or connecting with family and friends.

In December 2019 the site team collected items for the local Re-Instate W-rap project which were made into care packages for patients experiencing mental ill-health at Oxleas and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Antiviral Mist Tunnel

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Park East site team installed an Antiviral Mist Tunnel to help minimise the spread of the virus and to keep operatives and site visitors safe.

The tunnel incorporates a thermal camera that takes each person’s temperature as the approach. A green light will flash to indicate a temperature below 37.8 degrees and from there, they can enter the tunnel.

Once in the tunnel, individuals are sprayed for up to five seconds with a mist solution made up of water and hypochlorous solution which is a natural chemical designed to fight and kill 99.9% of germs and is 100% safe and totally non-toxic.

Antiviral Mist Tunnel installed during Covid-19
We are delighted to have received this wonderful donation of IT equipment. It will make an unmeasurable difference to so many residents in Erith including helping individuals to develop digital and employability skills, supporting job searches and enabling the delivery of coding classes for young people.
Yeukia Taruvinga
Director of Active Horizons
The partnership pledge to support local people by providing training opportunities and routes into the workplace is a fantastic part of this new development in Erith.
Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE
Leader of the London Borough of Bexley
The redevelopment of Arthur Street will be about more than just bricks and mortar. It will provide an inclusive community for local people who want to live and work in London, but also who want to live in a friendly community.
Caroline Field
Head of Regeneration, Orbit

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