The Erith Park Story
Welcome to our interactive map of Erith Park.
Explore the new development by Orbit and Wates Living Space using the blue and yellow pins.
Click on the pink pins to hear from our customers and check out Erith Park’s highlights, or use the blue pins to dig deeper and find out more about how Orbit and Wates Living Space have worked in partnership to regenerate the former housing estate at Larner Road into this award-winning new development of 600 new homes.
Please view the Erith Park Story on computer/laptop or tablet.
2011 - The regeneration of Larner Road was confirmed following the announcement of £15m funding from the HCA. Orbit South had been working with local residents for over two years beforehand to shape plans for the future of the neighbourhood, who welcomed the news.
2012 - In April 2012 Wates Living Space and Orbit had jointly appointed their key consultant partners. Representatives of all the partners were invited, along with residents, to celebrate by abseiling off one of the 15 storey tower blocks. We felt this illustrated our joint determination and commitment – and the trust which we needed to progress the project!
2013 - Our new community rooms and nursery will be completed in Phase 2. Recognising the particular importance of a community focus during the regeneration, we provided two temporary community facilities, the first of which was opened in March 2013. Both facilities have been a significant improvement on the converted basement that previously existed on the old Larner Road estate.
2013 - To mark the start of demolition at Larner Road in April, acrobatic dancers from Dar-es-Salaam and African drummers provided energetic entertainment as people gathered to watch the first 'nibble' from one of the tower blocks. Resident Rita Hanfrey read from the Ballad of Larner Road as we toasted the end of an era.
2013 - In October, Orbit and national developer, Wates Living Space ‘cemented’ the partnership for the Erith Park development with an official contract signing.
2014 - In March, the Erith Park regeneration hit a significant milestone, with construction of the first phase reaching the uppermost point. Wates Living Space and Orbit hosted a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the occasion, as is tradition in the building industry to bring good luck to the new development.
2014 - In May, we revealed the new hoarding for the construction site – designed to represent the neighbourhood, past, present and future. Local residents who helped to create the artwork with a local artist were on hand to celebrate the official unveiling.
2014 - At our Midsummer Magic event in June, visitors encountered strange magical creatures down in the Dell. This was the first event at Erith Park’s new, tranquil eco oasis.
2014 - Thirty-three families had their Christmas wishes come true in December, after moving into their new homes at Erith Park just in time for the festive season.
2015 - In January, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited families at Erith Park. Whilst there, he announced his intention to release millions of pounds in funding for two new schemes to help Londoners into affordable home ownership and to accelerate the delivery of new homes.
2015 - Residents took part in a ribbon cutting event in February to mark the official opening of the first new homes. This coincided with the Chinese New Year, so we threw a themed street party with entertainment in the form of a dancing Chinese lion and a costume competition.
2015 - In September, we held a traditional street party to mark the completion of phase 1. Complete with bunting, it was a real celebration of local history. We invited relatives of the notable local people who’d had streets and blocks named after them, unveiled our board explaining the geology of the area, and were entertained by Neanderthal and Victorian 'visitors'.
2015 - In October, we were joined by the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. Making the visit to see how residents are using technology to engage with the community, Ed Vaizey MP took part in the ‘Walk the Talk’ tour listening to stories recorded into interactive suitcases at six locations on the development.