The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Saturday, 19 October

2050 Vision For The Thames Estuary

Thames estuary

Exactly where Boris Johnson would have put an airport if he had his way, the Thames Estuary is the subject of a government report. On June 25, The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission set out a vision and delivery plan for north Kent, south Essex and east London up to 2050.

The Commission’s analysis shows that the Thames Estuary could generate an additional £190 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) and 1.3 million new jobs by 2050. It estimates that at least 1 million new homes will be needed to support this growth.

To unlock the area’s untapped potential, the Commission proposes viewing the Estuary as a series of interconnected but distinct productive places. It identifies fifteen priority projects to deliver this vision, aligning with the following priorities:

  • Sectors – including expediting the delivery of the Medical Campus at Ebbsfleet.

  • Connectivity – including extending Crossrail 1 from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet.

  • Communities – including establishing a Great Thames Park to celebrate and maximise the value of the area’s natural assets.

  • Delivery – including developing statutory Joint Spatial Plans in Kent and Essex, and empowering ambitious local authorities to deliver housing at scale and pace.

James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said: "The Thames Estuary has enormous untapped potential and we are determined to unlock this to drive both local and national economic growth. The Commission has provided us with bold and ambitious set of recommendations, which we will consider in detail and respond to in due course.

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, said: "Without concerted action, there is a risk that the Thames Estuary will fail to achieve its potential, at huge opportunity cost to local communities and the national economy.

"The resounding message from the consultation that the Commission has undertaken is that there is ambition in the Thames Estuary to deliver high-quality development and the best economic outcomes for people.

"However, a ‘business as usual’ approach will not deliver growth at scale and pace; governance reform and new delivery models are needed."

Professor Sadie Morgan, Deputy Chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, said: "I think we have created an inspiring but deliverable vision for the Thames Estuary. It reflects the interconnected, but distinct places that make up the Estuary, and is rooted in the ideas and priorities of its communities and leaders.

This is part of the country is uniquely placed to meet the challenges of the 21st century – a tapestry of productive places along a global river."



The government will consider options for working with local partners to achieve long-term, sustainable growth in the Thames Estuary, including:

  • Boosting productivity by strengthening Local Enterprise Partnerships and agreeing Local Industrial Strategies that build on local sector strengths.

  • Driving housing delivery by supporting more strategic planning approaches and exploring options for ambitious Housing Deals.

  • Ensuring that communities benefit from expected growth, including promoting use of the river and enhancing the Thames Estuary’s natural environment.

Picture: Just part of the Thames Estuary.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis


Related Articles

New Royal Wharf Pier Arrives In London

London’s longest pier opened for business in October having been positioned in place in September. It was carried on a 65m x 60m boat and pontoon, brought in by the...

 Read Full Article
2019 Best Cities For Generation Z

Co-working spaces have helped London become the No.1 destination for Generation Z workers according to the 2019 Generation Z city index. London scored a perfect...

 Read Full Article
Birmingham Airport - Major Waste & Recycling Contract

UKWSL have been awarded a contract worth several hundred thousand pounds by OCS Group to provide a wide range of waste management services at Birmingham...

 Read Full Article
AI To Predict And Control Buildings' Energy Demands

BP has expanded its digital energy portfolio by investing in energy management platform, Grid Edge - AI technology predicts, optimises and controls a building’s...

 Read Full Article
Grease - The Time, The Place, The Motion

Dublin Airport has solved the problems and seen the light of grease from all its catering outlets clogging up the works and causing a maintenance headache. The busy...

 Read Full Article
Bristol Rovers To Find New Spark At Airport

Bristol Airport has switched on the power for electric vehicle drivers with the installation of a ten-bay charging zone, along with the capability to extend in the...

 Read Full Article
Imagine All The People Living Life In Peace - Dream On

ASDA, Heathrow and now Liverpool’s John Lennon airport have all been struck with strike threats as two separate unions encourage low paid manual workers to take...

 Read Full Article
Heightened Passions Lead To Pensions Picket

Furious security and other staff at Glasgow Airport joined the picket line on Monday June 10 to fight for their pensions. The airport says the pension scheme is...

 Read Full Article
Heads In The Sandwell - Vinci Bags £20m Contract

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has chosen Vinci Facilities for a new four year contract to deliver external improvement works across its social housing...

 Read Full Article
VIP Opens Doors For Project Light

Comelit Group is supplying the VIP door entry solution to the first phase of Project Light at London's Canada Water in Southwark. The deal is with Ardmore Group, who...

 Read Full Article