A partnership between Wates Residential and Orbit Group was formed in 2012 to transform the former Larner Road, a local authority owned high rise estate, into what is known as Erith Park.
The area had a poor reputation locally and was suffering from low demand. Discussions took place with the community about the estate’s future and a consensus was reached to redevelop the area as a low to mid-rise new community-led regeneration.
The first phase of the development was completed in November 2015 providing 342 new homes with a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and market sale.
All homes were sold ahead of programme and to local buyers. A further 244 mixed-tenure homes have also been developed through the second phase of this regeneration scheme, with the first homes handed over in Spring 2017
Phase 3 of Erith Park – a further 310 new homes – is currently in the pre-construction stage with work expected to start on site in 2019.
- 587 units Units
- £63m (Phase 2) + £60m (Phase 1) Project Value
- 2012-2018 Project Duration
Work Experience: Zainab
16 year old Zainab was a resident of Arthur Street estate and was subsequently relocated to the Erith park development. She was then taken on for work experience on site after her GCSEs. Her story is below:
My mum and I lived on Orbit’s Arthur Street estate, which is about to be demolished. In 2018 we moved just across the road to a new apartment on the Erith Park development.
“I was already interested in a career in engineering or architecture and I wanted to find out more about both. My mum asked Orbit’s regeneration team to help and, after my GCSE exams, I was able to spend a week’s work experience with both Clarkebond engineers and JTP Architects. Both companies were working with Orbit and Wates on the new plans for Arthur Street. Orbit helped me with the fares to get to their London offices.
At Clarkebond I learned how to use design software. I used AutoCAD to help design drainage systems, inputting manholes and drains, and Tekla to make a model building and test the loads of the beams on each floor. I also learned about the work of the geotechnical and geoenvironmental teams on testing soils and helped input data from one of their projects.
At JTP I used a hot wire machine to help make an architectural model of the masterplan for Arthur Street. I learned to use different software packages to design buildings. I worked on designs for entrances at Arthur Street which were then used in a presentation to the client, Orbit, in a large conference. I realised that architecture is not just about designing buildings but also about communicating those ideas to people.
Both weeks gave me a really good picture of the variety of roles both in engineering and architecture. It also gave me confidence that I can achieve in either field – JTP even said I can go back in my school holidays. I’m now back at school studying for my A Levels and planning to apply for a degree course in Design Engineering at Imperial College, London.
I’ll be watching progress on the Arthur Street scheme from my new home at Erith Park and, who knows, I may even see the entrances I designed!”