Plans submitted for logistics 'superhub' in the Thames Estuary

Plans submitted for logistics 'superhub'

Plans have been lodged for a 5 million sq ft logistics 'superhub' at the former Coryton oil refinery in the Thames Estuary.
 
If plannners at Thurrock Council give the green light Thames Enterprise Park, a JV between Greenergy and iSec, is set to be one of the largest regeneration projects in northern Europe and could create up to 4,500 new jobs, including skilled engineering and apprenticeship opportunities. 
 
The multimodal site is located adjacent to London Gateway Port and benefits from direct access to the river, a rail freight interchange and excellent road links to London.
 
The largest part of the site will be a dedicated food hub bringing together processing, packaging, storage and distribution.  A range of super-warehouses are proposed, with highly automated, commercial units of up to one million sq ft located off a central boulevard
 
Chris Brookhouse, Chief Executive of Thames Enterprise Park, said: “The sheer scale of the site, our ability to create large, multi-floor facilities and the level of automation on offer combine to create exciting opportunities for occupiers to streamline their supply chains.  This is a unique opportunity for food operators and e-retailers to cluster just 30 miles from London.”
 
Another key area will be the energy park, which offers an ideal location for next generation renewable fuel and energy producers. 
 
Chris explained: “Changes to renewable fuel supply obligations in the UK mean there will be a growing requirement for advanced biofuels produced using innovative technologies. We will be drawing on Greenergy’s expertise in this area to help create an incubator space for sustainable energy within Thames Enterprise Park. With Thames Oilport adjacent to the site, there are unique opportunities to help bring developmental fuels to market.” 
 
Thames Enterprise Park will also include a sustainable industries hub, a focal point for small and medium-sized businesses to research and develop new technologies and techniques for the energy and food logistics industries, and an amenity hub - a high-tech environment connecting business, community, education and research that will include restaurants, a crèche and a mobility concierge service. 
 
Considerable progress has already been made to prepare the site for the development, including securing planning consent for the remediation of the first phase of around 100 acres, which is due to commence later this year.