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Ecology area of The Quarry development is finished and ready to open this summer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:05 02 May 2017

Erith Quarry plans

Erith Quarry plans

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The finished development should have 600 new homes and a school, ready to open at the end of the year

Construction of an ecology area that will form part of a housing development in Erith, has finished and the site will open to the public this summer.

The Quarry development is set to provide 600 new homes and a three form entry primary school, promising to bring at least 630 new school places to the town.

Since 2016 the site has gone through a transformation, and as of April, the work on the ecology area is finished.

The first 48 housing frames, measuring 4,5000 square metres, will go up this month, and work has begun on the school, with the foundations and groundwork starting.

Once completed, the first phase of houses will be a mix of two and three storeys, and each house will feature outdoor space in the form of a private garden, as well as one undercroft car park space.

The school will open once a third of homeowners have moved into The Quarry.

In the ecology area, three low level lakes are in the process of being constructed, while bird and bat boxes have also been installed around the site.

Stuart Pankhurst, the site’s ecologist, said: “The area is such a fantastic addition to the site as it will provide a great resource for everyone.

“Not only will residents be able to use the area but local people will also be able to enjoy the space too. Even if they’re not interested in the wildlife, they can just go outside and walk in an area that they previously couldn’t.”

The Quarry is a joint venture development by residental developers London and Quadrant (L&Q), and The Anderson Group.

Sean Emmett, operations director for The Anderson Group, said: “It’s incredible to see the site transforming into our combined vision for a sustainable eco-development, and moving further away from the site it once was.

“There’s still a long way to go before the site is fully finished, but now the housing frames have gone up and the ecology area is now complete, you can really see the site starting to come to life.”

Christine Osborne, regional sales director at L&Q: “We can’t wait for the first residents to move in and experience all The Quarry has to offer. The development has been created with the future residents in mind, ensuring it’s a place where families and communities can grow, and we’re confident it’s a place people will love living in.”

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