£1bn Purfleet-on-Thames regeneration plans unveiled

New images have been released of the £1bn regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL), a joint venture between mixed-use developer Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association, is driving the regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames town centre in collaboration with Thurrock Council.

The new images show indicative plans for the new train station, which will be overhauled as part of the regeneration, and the entrances to the new 1,000,000 sq. ft. media village, which will include TV studios where live shows can be filmed in front of a public audience. The renditions also show some of the thousands of homes that will be built.

Once completed, the £1bn regeneration will deliver a new town centre complete with shops and restaurants. Up to 2,850 new homes will be provided as well, alongside an integrated medical centre, improved transport infrastructure and a new primary school.

The plans, approved in April last year, also include a 1m sq. ft. ‘media village’ to support the UK’s booming TV and film industry. This will help Purfleet-on-Thames on its journey to becoming a leading creative hub, with the town already home to High House Production Park and Royal Opera House production workshop.

Last month, the government announced it was pledging £75m to support the redevelopment as part of the Housing Infrastructure Fund. The funding will be used to provide vital infrastructure and plans could include replacing the level crossing with a bridge over the railway and a new health centre, river wall, drainage and other important utility infrastructure.

Sir Tim Laurence, chairman of PCRL, said: ‘These latest images show the scale of our ambition for Purfleet-on-Thames, from transforming the riverfront to upgrading the train station and delivering thousands of homes. This is on top of a new school and integrated medical centre for local residents as well as a media village that will see the town emerge as a leading creative hub capable of supporting Britain’s booming film and TV industry.”

Thomas Barrett

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