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Council seeks partner for £950m Purfleet Centre regeneration

26 Jun 12 Thurrock council is seeking a development partner for its £950m Purfleet Centre regeneration project.

The project intends to deliver a new town centre for Purfleet on the north bank of the River Thames in Essex. An outline planning application has already been submitted.

The development plan envisages 3,000 new homes, along with a community hub centre, a health centre, school and shopping facilities.

The council took over responsibility for the project after the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (TTGDC) was dissolved on 31 March. The council took on ownership of all the TTGDC land within the scheme, amounting to 29ha (71 acres) of brownfield land, as well as other land assets outside the scheme but designated by TTGDC for disposal to provide funding the Purfleet Centre scheme.

A report by consultant Capita Symonds for TTGDC two years ago noted that the site has enormous potential due to its excellent transport links. It is just 20 minutes by train from Fenchurch Street station in central London, it is close to the M25 London orbital motorway and the site's southern portion is on the north bank of the river Thames in the shadow of the Dartford road bridge.

The currently envisaged total development cost, including land, remediation, infrastructure and development costs is estimated to be in the region of £750m to £950m and it is expected to take 15 years to complete.

For further details of the project, and how to apply, see our Contract Leads section.

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