Erith Park £120 million housing development reaches new heights with milestone topping out ceremony

This Is Local London: Left to right: Andy Hobart from Wates Living Space, residents group members Janice and Harold Lowther and Orbit South executive director Vivien Knibbs. Left to right: Andy Hobart from Wates Living Space, residents group members Janice and Harold Lowther and Orbit South executive director Vivien Knibbs.

A £120 million Erith housing development has reached new heights at a special ceremony to mark a milestone in its construction.

The ‘topping out’ ceremony at Erith Park celebrated construction of the first phase of the scheme reaching its uppermost point.

Bad weather caused the event to be cancelled on February 14.

But this time around there was no stopping the participants on a sunny day in Larner Road on March 7.

Bexley Council cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, Councillor Linda Bailey, said: "Congratulations to everyone involved in getting Erith Park to where it is already.

"To see all the years of planning and the aspirations of everyone involved in this project becoming a reality is such a rewarding experience."

Demolition of the old high rise Larner Road estate began in April last year with seven tower blocks set to be replaced with a mixture of houses and low-rise apartments.

In a long-standing building tradition the first phase of the structure was topped off by members of the Erith Park core resident group using a specially engraved trowel.

Vivien Knibbs, executive director of housing association Orbit South, said: "We’re delighted with the progress being made at Erith Park and look forward to welcoming the first residents into their new homes later this year.

"Once complete, Erith Park will completely transform the area, bringing considerable investment and creating homes which people can really be proud of."

The first phase of the scheme will see 66 homes built for sale, 82 for shared ownership and 195 for rent in a bid to create a mixed community.

The 343 properties are set for completion by the end of the year.

Andy Hobart, managing director of developers Wates Living Space, said: "This milestone demonstrates the excellent progress we are making in the transformation of Erith Park.

"Construction is continuing apace and we are on track to complete the scheme’s first homes by the end of the year."

Overall Erith Park will feature 550 new homes for 3,000 residents.

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5:47pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Joelo says...

I know lets knock down blocks of flats and replace them with blocks of flats!
I know lets knock down blocks of flats and replace them with blocks of flats! Joelo
  • Score: 7

6:37pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

Joelo wrote:
I know lets knock down blocks of flats and replace them with blocks of flats!
Almost right, it is more ... "Let's knock down affordable blocks of flats and replace them with less affordable blocks of flats"
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: I know lets knock down blocks of flats and replace them with blocks of flats![/p][/quote]Almost right, it is more ... "Let's knock down affordable blocks of flats and replace them with less affordable blocks of flats" Dr. Nick
  • Score: -7

7:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

It will be all fine and dandy.........


that's until the first 'residents' move in.
It will be all fine and dandy......... that's until the first 'residents' move in. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -9

9:51am Sun 16 Mar 14

elainey60 says...

i have to say i have issues around the housing in bexley and am looking for assurances that there are going to be family homes ie 3/4bedroom homes for rent for local residents .I am concerned that despite my asking via twitter nobody from the ruling Tory council feels they can have a debate with me over this issue.
My daughter has serious housing issues which include her sleeping in their living room as there is no bedroom for her in her flat. Her partner works permanent nights and he has to sleep on the sofa with small children around all day and this is not good they dont claim benefits so they are not scroungers . We live at the end of northend road and have watched this development come down and the new buildings go up but i am really sorry i am not liking what i see , it looks like flats again , where are the houses? and even if they do build them around the back which i will give the benefit of the doubt too , what chance has she got ? and nobody wants to answer our questions , nobody wants to visit her and see how she is living , and the local councillor has emailed me but thats it so far .
i have to say i have issues around the housing in bexley and am looking for assurances that there are going to be family homes ie 3/4bedroom homes for rent for local residents .I am concerned that despite my asking via twitter nobody from the ruling Tory council feels they can have a debate with me over this issue. My daughter has serious housing issues which include her sleeping in their living room as there is no bedroom for her in her flat. Her partner works permanent nights and he has to sleep on the sofa with small children around all day and this is not good they dont claim benefits so they are not scroungers . We live at the end of northend road and have watched this development come down and the new buildings go up but i am really sorry i am not liking what i see , it looks like flats again , where are the houses? and even if they do build them around the back which i will give the benefit of the doubt too , what chance has she got ? and nobody wants to answer our questions , nobody wants to visit her and see how she is living , and the local councillor has emailed me but thats it so far . elainey60
  • Score: -1

10:58am Mon 17 Mar 14

dizzy13 says...

elainey60 wrote:
i have to say i have issues around the housing in bexley and am looking for assurances that there are going to be family homes ie 3/4bedroom homes for rent for local residents .I am concerned that despite my asking via twitter nobody from the ruling Tory council feels they can have a debate with me over this issue.
My daughter has serious housing issues which include her sleeping in their living room as there is no bedroom for her in her flat. Her partner works permanent nights and he has to sleep on the sofa with small children around all day and this is not good they dont claim benefits so they are not scroungers . We live at the end of northend road and have watched this development come down and the new buildings go up but i am really sorry i am not liking what i see , it looks like flats again , where are the houses? and even if they do build them around the back which i will give the benefit of the doubt too , what chance has she got ? and nobody wants to answer our questions , nobody wants to visit her and see how she is living , and the local councillor has emailed me but thats it so far .
Rather then 'debate on twitter' which is hardly a great idea (140 characters only) why don't you email them or just go and ask them?!?! Oh but hold on, it says you have had an email form the local person???? So whats your point?!?! Ask them round for a cup of tea and a chat?

Why do you want a debate, what do you feel it will achieve??? If you have a problem ask for help, its hardly a debating issue? Less talk more action.

Replacing flats for flats...interesting. We need more houses, less one bedrooms and proper gardens for people.

But please elainey60, no pictures next week of you standing there with your arms crossed on the front page of the paper.
[quote][p][bold]elainey60[/bold] wrote: i have to say i have issues around the housing in bexley and am looking for assurances that there are going to be family homes ie 3/4bedroom homes for rent for local residents .I am concerned that despite my asking via twitter nobody from the ruling Tory council feels they can have a debate with me over this issue. My daughter has serious housing issues which include her sleeping in their living room as there is no bedroom for her in her flat. Her partner works permanent nights and he has to sleep on the sofa with small children around all day and this is not good they dont claim benefits so they are not scroungers . We live at the end of northend road and have watched this development come down and the new buildings go up but i am really sorry i am not liking what i see , it looks like flats again , where are the houses? and even if they do build them around the back which i will give the benefit of the doubt too , what chance has she got ? and nobody wants to answer our questions , nobody wants to visit her and see how she is living , and the local councillor has emailed me but thats it so far .[/p][/quote]Rather then 'debate on twitter' which is hardly a great idea (140 characters only) why don't you email them or just go and ask them?!?! Oh but hold on, it says you have had an email form the local person???? So whats your point?!?! Ask them round for a cup of tea and a chat? Why do you want a debate, what do you feel it will achieve??? If you have a problem ask for help, its hardly a debating issue? Less talk more action. Replacing flats for flats...interesting. We need more houses, less one bedrooms and proper gardens for people. But please elainey60, no pictures next week of you standing there with your arms crossed on the front page of the paper. dizzy13
  • Score: 2

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