Erith Park is part of a five-year landmark regeneration scheme which aims to create a mixed-tenure community of almost 600 family homes and apartments. Funded by the HCA (Homes & Communities Agency) and supported by a grant from the Mayor’s Affordable Homes Programme, it represents one of the largest projects of its type in London.
Developed by Orbit South Housing Association, in partnership with Wates Residential, phase 1 comprises 343 new homes, many of which are already occupied. Phase 2 will provide a further 244 homes developed from the autumn onwards. The £120m programme is due for completion in 2018.
Larner Road, as it was formerly known, was an ex local authority high-rise estate in the London Borough of Bexley with low demand and a very poor local reputation. Discussions with the local residents about the future of the estate began almost a decade ago and a consensus was reached to redevelop Larner Road as a low to mid-rise community with a new name: Erith Park.
The brand new neighbourhood of Erith Park, designed by architects Broadway Malyan, consists of four low-rise apartment buildings and 140 family houses with gardens that have been finished in the same style so that private housing sits affably with social housing. The apartment buildings are sited towards the eastern boundary, shaped to reduce their mass through a series of staggered roof terraces down towards the domestic scale of the contemporary housing.
Five of the seven original tower blocks at Larner Road were demolished to make way for the transformation.