The £95m Park East development will be delivered by Wates Residential and Orbit, it will see 320 new homes built, 80% of which will be shared ownership and affordable housing
The partnership between, Wates, Orbit and London Borough of Bexley is to ensure a mixed, aspirational and sustainable community for local residents.
This development comes after Wates Residential and Orbit completed six years of work on the nearby Larner Road estate, transforming it into the mixed-tenure community Erith Park with 587 new homes.
Glen Roberts, operations director, Wates Residential, said: “The start of demolition is a significant moment for the Park East development, which will deliver hundreds of high-quality new homes and a lasting legacy for the area.
“We are pleased to have been able to join together with our partners Orbit and the London Borough of Bexley to hear from residents about their fondest memories of the area. We are looking forward to the community being able to make new memories in Park East over the coming years.”
Wates Residential and Orbit have pledged to kick start training opportunities from local residents by hiring at least 31 apprentices and at least 25 people in full-time employment from the local area.
Another of the unique training and employment initiatives that Wates Residential has brought to Erith is its Building Futures programme, which helps unemployed adults gain valuable practical experience and employability coaching to reinvigorate their career prospects.
Seven students recently graduated from the two-week course having gained hands-on experience of a construction site.
Work on the is Park East development expected to be completed by 2023.