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Award winning architects to help transform Erith

PUBLISHED: 12:10 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 19 January 2018

Award-winning architects, Ash Sakula, have been appointed to deliver the new design for the Old Walnut Tree Depot site in Erith.

The site is being developed to provide new homes after being vacant for many years.

The public areas in and around the site will also be redesigned and improved, so that they proivde more direct access to the town centre and frame views of the restored Carnegie building.

The work will see the removal of the pedestrian subway, which will be replaced with a more direct and safer route for people going to and from the town centre to the railway station.

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The development of the Walnut Tree depot site is part of an ongoing programme of regeneration, aimed at developing Erith into a thriving riverside community.

“We want to ensure that the design is community-led, and it was clear during the tender process that Ash Sakula had the experience needed to deliver this.”

Ash Sakula have won many prestigious awards, including ten RIBA Awards for Architecture.

When they have completed the draft design for the Old Walnut Tree depot site, which is expected to be in the next few months, the public will then be asked for their opinion on it at a public consultation event.

Founding partner Robert Sakula said: “We are looking forward to testing our proposals for the Walnut Tree Depot side by listening and learning from the people of Erith.

“Together, we can build something there that helps make Erith a better and more beautiful place.”

The Walnut Tree Depot site development is one of a number of initiatives that Bexley is leading on in Erith, aimed at re-invigorating the town.

Recent works by the architects include the regeneration of former industrial area of Newcastle, The Mannings, which was overall winner in the 2016 housing design awards, and Tibby’s Triangle in Southwold, which have also won several awards over the years.

Ash Sakula are currently carrying out other innovative housing projects in areas around the country.

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