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National award shortlist for The Quarry

Anderson, in partnership with L&Q, has been named as a finalist in the Best Large Development category at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards for The Quarry in Erith, a once derelict 50-acre site in London that includes 849 new homes and a 630-place primary school.

Despite the fact the site was once considered to be undevelopable, the companies worked together to preserve its rich ecological value. They have also created a 12-acre ecology zone to protect important species.


Glenn Potter, Managing Director of Development at Anderson, said: “We are thrilled The Quarry has been shortlisted for Best Large Development.

“It’s a real honour to receive recognition for the regeneration of this site which will see it become a true asset to the community.

“Along with our partners, L&Q, we have managed to blend lovely family homes and a fantastic new primary school building in ecological surroundings.”

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When quarrying at the site ended in the 1960s, it was filled-in with rubble and waste materials. As a result, the site was neglected for 30 years, with no-one prepared to accept the cost of remediation.


The joint venture partnership met the specific regeneration need head-on with a proposal which secured planning permission in 2015.

The site’s redevelopment has brought several environmental benefits. These include creating extensive public open space and retaining six acres of existing woodland belt.

In addition to a public eco-walkway, more than 800 trees will be planted in and around the ecology park. And, 200 bird boxes will be installed.

Claire Brenlund, Sales and Marketing Director at L&Q, said: “We are so proud The Quarry has been shortlisted for Best Large Development at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards.

“Together with Anderson, our vision for the 50-acre site is to create a new neighbourhood of 849 homes in the heart of Erith, suitable for all.

“We are passionate about masterminding something truly special on the site of a disused Quarry.”

Voting is now open to choose the winners of the awards until August 5 via the website.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in September.