Logistics ‘superhub’ on the Thames moves a step closer

Logistics ‘superhub’ on the Thames moves a step closer

Thames Enterprise Park Ltd has announced a further £8.5m of investment to help transform the former Coryton Oil Refinery site into a new logistics 'superhub'. 

The investment is being used to fund land preparation work of 44 hectares of the 168 hectare site. 

The work is focused on the ‘West Site’ which previously formed part of the historic Shell Haven Oil Refinery and the associated Coryton Village, before its closure and demolition in the 1990s. The site is expected to be ready for development in 2020.  

Thames Enterprise Park, a JV between Greenergy and iSec, is one of the largest regeneration projects in northern Europe and expected to 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 good 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.

Another key area will be the energy park for next generation renewable fuel and energy producers. 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.

A planning application for the remediation works was approved by Thurrock Council in 2017 but the planning application for the redevelopment of the whole of the site is currently with the council and will be determined later this year.

Chris Brookhouse, Chief Executive of Thames Enterprise Park Ltd, said: “This investment is an important step in the development of Thames Enterprise Park. Outline planning approval is expected to be received in the middle of 2019 for the entire site, and we expect to be on track to welcome our first operators on site in late 2020.”