A £1 billion scheme to regenerate Purfleet in Essex, masterplanned by KSS and including a huge TV an film studio complex, is being considered by planning officers
Thurrock Council’s development partner, Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL), has submitted outline proposals which would see up to 2,800 homes, a TV studio, a medical centre and a new centre of education built if plans are approved.
The £1 billion scheme will also see the local train station upgraded and an array of new retail and leisure facilities constructed in and around Purfleet town centre. Will Alsop’s aLL Design was involved in developing the masterplan with KSS at concept stage.
PCRL was set up to deliver the regeneration project with Urban Catalyst as development managers. Swan Housing association was brought on board to replace L&Q as a housing partner in November.
According to Thurrock Council the 56,000m² purpose-built TV and film studio will be developed alongside the residential area and is the first complex of its kind in the UK for 50 years. Delivered by Quartermaster Holdings, the studio’s are expected to employ around 2,000 people when complete. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was appointed in 2016 to deliver part of the scheme.
Tim Lawrence, chair of PCRL, said: ’We are delighted to have now submitted our outline planning application to Thurrock Council.
’This regeneration represents a unique opportunity for us to help the local community transform Purfleet. We will bring many new opportunities to the area building on the Town’s history, it’s waterfront location and its existing cultural expertise. We are confident that these plans, if approved, will not only transform Purfleet but will ensure Thurrock’s role as a key part of the Thames Gateway region.
’We aim to deliver a brighter future for everyone living and working in the borough. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our scheme and would urge those who want to see a new future for Purfleet to let Thurrock Council know through the planning process.’