London Mayor Announces Plan For Massive Creative Hub In Thames Estuary
Feb 14, 2017
How part of the development could look under the plans Rory Gardiner
The 40-mile stretch of water, from Canary Wharf to Southend in Essex and Thanet in Kent, is the subject of a government development project to create tens of thousands of new jobs and homes by 2050.
Among the new proposals are theatre-making studios in Bexley, an arts centre in Woolwich, a foundry for large sculptures and artworks in Silvertown including the UK’s biggest 3D printing centre, a gaming hub at the University of Essex, and industrial research laboratories in Kent.
These facilities would be in addition to plans for two film studios, in Dagenham and Purfleet, Essex, and would lead to an expansion of the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.
Mayor Sadiq Khan, in partnership with councils and organisations, has submitted the plans to Lord Heseltine, who is heading the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.
Mr Khan said: “London leads the way across the creative economy — from fashion to film, design to gaming, performing arts to the visual arts. It’s only right that we build on this success and transform the Thames Estuary into a world-class centre for creative production — leading global innovation, developing the talent of the future and cultivating world-changing ideas.”
Creative and cultural industries contribute an estimated £35 billion a year to the capital.