HKR Architects is appointed by Orbit and Wates Residential to design proposed £73 million regeneration of Bexley housing estate
International architectural practice, HKR Architects has been appointed by Orbit and Wates Residential to masterplan and design a proposed £73 million regeneration scheme in Bexley, London.
The scheme is the redevelopment of Arthur Street estate, which was built in the late 1960s and consists of three 13 storey tower blocks and a number of low rise blocks, providing 263 one and two bedroom flats with some three bedroom maisonettes. Despite substantial investment since the transfer from the London Borough of Bexley in 1998, many components are now failing and the blocks no longer meet modern standards.
The proposed new scheme will feature around 280 new homes, of which 80% will be for affordable rent and shared ownership with associated parking and public open space.
Maggie McCann, development director at Orbit, said: “We want the Arthur Street estate to be a great place to live now and for future generations. The regeneration of Arthur Street looks beyond bricks and mortar and will encourage an inclusive community for people who wish to work in London and live in a neighbourly community. We are delighted that HKR Architects will be working with us on the scheme.”
Orbit’s plans for the regeneration of Arthur Street, are 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.
Director Geoff Brocklehurst added: “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed by Orbit and Wates Group. The regeneration of this estate is extremely important for Erith and will symbolise the continued commitment to transform local neighbourhoods into better and safer places which people are proud to live in.”
In the coming months, Orbit and Wates will consult with the local community before submitting a planning application to London Borough of Bexley in summer 2018.