Erith's 600-home The Quarry development scoops top industry award
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 December 2018
A large development in Erith has taken home a top award for regeneration.
The Quarry shows off what can be done with land that might otherwise have no use.
Those behind the new housing scheme and school at The Quarry also took several other gongs at the recent London Construction Awards.
The developers say they are especially proud of the coveted Regeneration Project of the Year.
Anderson Group and L&Q are building 600 homes as part of an eco-development to preserve the ecological heritage of the former landfill.
Alongside will be a primary school for up to 630 students.
Andrew Jay, boss at Anderson Group, said: “We specialise in regenerating sites like this which other developers have rejected as being too costly to put right. The regeneration award recognises how we have brought The Quarry site back into use for the benefit of the whole community.”
The development is shortlisted for Best Design for Three Storeys or Fewer in the Housebuilder Awards.
It was also highly commended in the Best Show Home category and shortlisted for Best Architectural Design at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards.
In excess of a third of the previously inaccessible, private site is dedicated as public open space with an ecology park accessed by a boardwalk so protected species won’t be disturbed.
Some six acres of existing woodland is retained, hundreds of new trees are being planted and new low-level lakes are created.
Outdoor space includes a village green and an ecology corridor will also be introduced.
The developers said since planning consent in 2015, an extensive site clearance operation was undertaken, plants and wildlife preserved and new trees planted.
The first residents moved into their properties in June and the second phase of the six-year development programme is now underway.
Located in the heart of Erith, The Quarry is just a 30-minute train journey from central London, and future plans for Crossrail in the area makes it the perfect spot for commuters.
The Quarry homes start at £540,000 for a four-bedroom house and are available with London Help to Buy.