Go-ahead for £1bn Purfleet regeneration scheme

Plans for a £1bn regeneration of Purfleet town centre in Essex have been given the green light by Thurrock Council.

Plans were submitted by Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL) – a joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association’

The scheme includes:

  • Up to 2,850 homes to be delivered alongside shops, restaurants, a medical centre and community facilities
  • A new town centre with upgraded rail station and improved riverside areas and access will help transform Purfleet into a new destination
  • A new primary school
  • Brand new 1,000,000 sq ft media village with art, film and TV studios
  • New parks and leisure spaces

Residents of Purfleet will also benefit from an improved railway station and transport facilities plus a new health centre and two new schools.

Urban Catalyst was behind the successful Bermondsey Square development in London which delivered new retail, hotel and offices alongside performing arts space and art house cinema.

Swan Housing Association is one of the largest housing providers in Essex and East London and a pioneer in modular construction.

Approximately 50% of the homes at Purfleet on Thames will be built this way.

Ken Dytor, PCRL founder and executive chairman of Urban Catalyst said: “This development will tap into the power of culture, creative industries and healthy living.

“The approval is the result of many years of work and has been shaped by our detailed engagement with the local community and stakeholders, who we listened carefully to in drawing up our forward-thinking social infrastructure-led proposals that promote health, education and employment.”

Sir Tim Laurence, chair of PCRL said: “We are thrilled our Purfleet regeneration proposals have been approved, creating thousands of much needed homes, significant additional employment and supporting long-term growth in Thurrock.

“We look forward to moving onto the next phase working in partnership with Thurrock Council.”

Original article: constructionenquirer.com

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