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Ash Sakula wins job to create homes at Erith’s former tram depot

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Ash Sakula has been appointed to design homes on the site of a former tram depot in south-east London

Following a competitive tender the practice was appointed by the London Borough of Bexley for the scheme at the site of the long-since demolished Old Walnut Tree Depot in Erith.

Draft designs will be completed over ‘the next few months’ according to the local authority, and then put out to public consultation.

Ash Sakula founding partner Robert Sakula said: ‘We are looking forward to testing our proposals for the Walnut Tree Depot site by listening and learning from the people of Erith. Together, we can build something there that helps make Erith a better and more beautiful place.’

As well as new homes, public areas in and around the site will be revamped to provide more direct access to the town centre and frame views of Erith’s Carnegie library building, recently restored and converted into a community arts hub and events space.

A pedestrian subway will be removed and replaced with a more direct and safer route for people going between the town centre and the railway station.

Councillor Linda Bailey said: ‘The development of the Walnut Tree Depot site is part of an ongoing programme of regeneration, aimed at developing Erith into a thriving riverside community.

‘We want to ensure that the design is community-led, and it was clear during the tender process that Ash Sakula had the experience needed to deliver this.’

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