Wates to manage Bexley estate makeover
July 19, 2017 – Orbit has selected Wates Group Residential to work on its proposed £73m regeneration of a housing estate in Bexley, southeast London.
The regeneration of Bexley’s Arthur Street estate follows on from the redevelopment of the neighbouring Larner Road.
Built in the late 1960s, Arthur Street consists of three 13-storey tower blocks and a number of low rise blocks that house 263 one-and two-bed flats with some three-bed maisonettes. Despite investment since the transfer from the London Borough of Bexley to Orbit in 1998, many components are now failing and the blocks no longer meet modern standards.
The proposed new scheme will deliver 280 new homes, of which 80% will be for affordable rent and shared ownership, with associated parking and public open space.
Wates will manage the design process and the construction of the new homes. Architectural practice HKR has also be retained for the project.
Orbit development director Maggie McCann 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.”