Our presence in the Thames Gateway
17 minutes from central London and within easy reach of much of the South East our Thames Gateway office in Crossways Business Park is situated at the heart of the Thames Gateway with fantastic transport links to London, Kent, Essex and the South East.
In May 2005 we became the first regional firm to recognise the economic and strategic importance of the Thames Gateway and open an office at the heart of the largest and arguably most important regeneration project the UK has ever seen.
We provide a full range of legal services to clients both in the Thames Gateway, London and overseas. The vast majority of our lawyers have been immersed in the region for over 15 years and have a real understanding of the key issues facing the region and the businesses and people within it. We understand the unique opportunities and challenges facing different sectors of the community, now and in the future, and work alongside businesses, individuals, charities, not for profit organisations, local and central government and other key stakeholders to try to ensure common understanding and aspiration that will benefit all.
We received widespread publicity for our detailed research report, Thames Gateway Regeneration - a Business Perspective. A survey undertaken to ascertain knowledge of the regeneration plans, key issues from a business perspective and views on progress to date. This research was then updated in 2015, to mark our 10th anniversary in the region. The original research report can be found here.
We host a diverse range of highly acclaimed events including seminars, workshops and networking forums which, along with our other activities, have received extensive press coverage. Sign up for our events
Our office is located in Crossways Business Park. View our office location. You can find our Thames Gateway team here.
For further information please contact Kamal Aggarwal.
About the Thames Gateway
The Thames Gateway is a large and diverse area stretching north of the Thames from Canary Wharf to Southend, and south of the Thames from Deptford to the Medway and Swale. It includes parts of nine boroughs in east London, as well as all or part of five local authority areas in South Essex and the four authorities of North Kent. The 'Outer Gateway' (North Kent and South Essex) alone is home to 1.5 million people and a workforce of over 520,000.
Transformation of the Thames Gateway has been underway since the 1990s - earlier if you include the Isle of Dogs - and is recognised as a long term programme of unrivalled economic potential and opportunity.
There are three principle regions within the Thames Gateway.
London Thames Gateway
London Thames Gateway comprises a large area to the north and south of the Thames in East London, the most high profile of which at present is undoubtedly the Olympic site near Stratford. The London Thames Gateway also includes Lower Lea Valley, London Riverside, Lewisham, Woolwich, Greenwich & Bexley.
The Stratford City development of a 70 hectare site near the Olympic Park will alone see the construction of 4,800 residential units, 620,000 square metres of commercial, hotel and leisure space and 150,000 square metres of retail space. It is expected to lead to the creation of 34,000 jobs.
Other developments in the Lea Valley include the creation of a further 40,000 jobs at Canary Wharf, 13,000 homes to be built on the Isle of Dogs, 1,500 jobs and 4,5000 jobs in Canning Town Centre and new homes and 500 new jobs in Bromley-by-Bow.
Other developments in London Thames Gateway include:
- The Royals, situated in the Borough of Newham near London City Airport, could accommodate up to 14,000 homes in the North Side Royal Victoria Dock around the Albert Basin
- London Riverside, covering 15 square miles in Barking, Dagenham, Havering and Newham, will include 8,500 new homes and 1,600 jobs in Barking Town Centre, 3,900 homes and 1,600 jobs in East Beckton, 10,800 homes in Barking Riverside, 6,500 homes and 7,000 jobs in South Dagenham and Rainham and 2,500 new homes in Rainham
- In Lewisham, new homes and retail and commercial space will be developed in the Town Centre, at Convoys Wharf, Seager Distillery, Catford Greyhound track and elsewhere
- In Woolwich & Greenwich, 1,000 jobs were created by the O2 stadium, 10,000 homes will be built on the Greenwich Peninsula, White Hart Triangle business park will create over 2,000 jobs and 100,000 square metres of industrial space, as well as other developments
- In Bexley, developments include Erith Western Gateway, Veridion Park, Imperial Park, Belvedere's Bronze Age Park and the Erith Quarry development.
Thames Gateway Essex
It is planned to build a total of 124,500 homes in Thames Gateway South Essex, and to create 109,000 new jobs. The region includes Basildon, Thurrock, Southend and Rainham Marshes.
Basildon is located about 10 miles from the River Thames, and it is planned to create 55,000 square metres of office space, 49,000 square metres of retail and leisure floor space, 3,650 new homes in Basildon town centre, and 500 new homes and 500 new jobs in Pitsea town centre.
Thurrock is located to the East of London, and with its port facilities and proximity to London's five international airports it is a key regeneration area in the Thames Gateway. It is planned to build 18,500 new homes and 26,000 new jobs by 2021.
Southend is located in the South of Essex, and plans include 1,650 new homes, 25,000 square metres of retail space, 20.500 square metres of office accommodation and the upgrading of London Southend Airport to accommodate over 1 million passengers for shorthaul flights.
Rainham Marshes are located near to the Dartford Crossing on the M25, extending to 353 acres, making it the largest piece of non-government owned land in the Thames Gateway.
Thames Gateway Kent
Thames Gateway Kent lies within the boundaries of the County of Kent and covers the North Kent boroughs of Dartford, Gravesham and Swale and the unitary authority of Medway. It covers broadly the area east of the M25, bounded to the north by the Thames River and Estuary and to the south by the A2 and the North Downs. The main concentrations of population are in Medway and in the towns of Dartford, Gravesham, and Sittingbourne.
The area has many outstanding assets – its heritage, countryside, town centres, riverside and people with a strong identity and pride in their communities. It also has tremendous potential – an excellent location on strategic transport routes, near major UK and European markets, close proximity to London, significant quantities of brownfield land ready for redevelopment and a rapidly developing infrastructure.
Each of the areas in Thames Gateway Kent is developing a distinctive role.
Dartford and Gravesham
Dartford and Gravesend town centres have their own distinct identities and new investment is helping the continuing process of reinvention and revitalisation - for instance around the new station in Dartford and the Heritage Quarter in Gravesend.
Between these two centres, Ebbsfleet is the top priority for economic and housing growth, focused around the international railway station, providing high speed connection to central London and European capitals. Adjoining Ebbsfleet Valley, and benefitting from the proximity of the international station, Swanscombe Peninsula has been identified as the potential location for a world-class leisure resort (London Resort).
In March 2014, the Government identified Ebbsfleet as the first in a new generation of Garden Cities, supported by additional investment in infrastructure and a dedicated development corporation to coordinate delivery.
With its superb riverside developments, historical sites and university campus, Medway is rapidly developing as a new city of learning, creative and cultural industries, tourism and enterprise. As part of the 'Medway-Swale Arc' Assisted Area, Medway is also a major centre for advanced manufacturing and low carbon technologies, as well as home to major port and logistics facilities at Thamesport on the Isle of Grain.
Logistics and science-based industries are emerging as key drivers of growth. The Sheppey Crossing, opened in 2006, is helping unlock the development opportunities at Queenborough and Rushenden on the Isle of Sheppey and underpins proposals for expansion at the Port of Sheerness.
Kent Science Park, near Sittingbourne, is one of several centres for innovation and growth in knowledge-based industries that form part of a growing 'Innovation Corridor'.
Significant central and local government and private sector investment has been made over the last 10 to 15 years in a range of initiatives, including brownfield remediation, land assembly, Connectivity & Infrastructure, Environmental Improvements and cultural enhancements, Sports & Leisure facilities, New Communities and town centre regeneration, and better Education & Skills facilities. Each of these is playing a key part in transforming the opportunities and offer to businesses, investors and residents in North Kent.