The Quarry, Erith.

This is possibly one of the most interesting – and most challenging – developments that Anderson has been involved with in recent years.

Anderson acquired this plot in 2014 and, in conjunction with L&Q, is now delivering on a site previously considered undevelopable.

The Quarry has a rich history – providing work for local people for two centuries and supplying ballast for ships and wartime building materials for the nearby armaments’ foundry.

But when quarrying ended in the 1960s, it was filled-in with rubble and waste materials and, 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 consent in 2015.

Anderson overcame several challenges in the build’s early stages including the removal of waste and of various protected species – including newts, slow worms and lizards – which had to be moved to a 12-acre ecology park being created on site.

However, the site’s redevelopment has brought several environmental benefits including creating extensive public open space and retaining six acres of existing woodland belt.

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

The local community was heavily involved in the planning stages and has been engaged with the ongoing delivery.

This included their support for the provision of a 3,800m², 630-pupil school which will take the form of an award-winning design, colloquially named ‘the doughnut’ where every classroom looks out onto the landscape and inner courtyard.

The scheme recently won top prize at the prestigious 2021 Housebuilder Awards under the ‘Best Regeneration Initiative’ category.

The Anderson Senior Site Manager is Ross Parmenter with around 75 Anderson staff on site each day.

  • Work began in Summer 2015
  • Work is due for completion in Spring 2026

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"Anderson has been a superb partner. They've brought forward a site at Erith that no one thought would be developed. It’s fantastic to see what it will deliver for the community."

Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE, Leader, London Borough of Bexley