JTP is delighted to announce that Bexley Council has resolved to grant planning permission for the regeneration of the Arthur Street estate in Erith, South London.
Orbit and Wates Residential have formed a partnership to deliver the regeneration of the Arthur Street estate, with JTP as architect and masterplanner.
The Arthur Street estate occupies the triangular site between North End Road and the Dartford to Blackheath railway line in Erith, Bexley. Built in the late 1960s, the site is characterised by three 13 storey tower blocks and a range of low-rise buildings, all of which are in a poor state of repair and fail to meet modern standards.
The site has suffered from significant amounts of antisocial behaviour and criminal activity, and regeneration offers the opportunity to depart from this past and create a new neighbourhood which fosters a strong sense of community and provides natural surveillance.
The masterplan was developed through a collaborative process with Bexley Council and seeks to return to the Victorian structure of streets, re-establishing Arthur Street and Boundary Street as routes positively fronted by dwellings and the delivery of a new central landscaped space to be enjoyed by all.
The new quarter will provide 320 new homes in a broad mix of sizes, from one-bed apartments to three-bed homes, of which 80% will be for affordable rent and shared ownership. Buildings ranging from three to nine storeys are of a robust brick aesthetic to frame the key public spaces, with a strong rhythm and regular plot width expressed along the streets.
We are delighted that this project will provide much needed, high quality new homes for the local community in Erith, and will bring significant benefits to the estate. The historic Arthur Street will be reinstated as a human-scale street lined with front doors, creating a vibrant and active street scene supported by pockets of green space and a central park.
Rebecca Taylor, JTP partner leading the project
The regeneration of Arthur Street is also set to benefit from over £10 million awarded through the government’s Estate Regeneration Fund and the Greater London Authority’s Affordable Homes Programme.
We very much look forward to starting work on this exciting regeneration project and to bringing our joint vision to life - delivering much-needed, high quality new homes for local people, while bringing further economic and social value to Erith.
Glen Roberts, Operations Director for Wates Residential
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 who also want to live in a friendly community.
Caroline Field, head of regeneration at Orbit
The project is due to start on site imminently and is scheduled for completion in 2022.