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Thames Estuary takes step closer to becoming epicentre of arts and culture

8th June 2021

As part of its plans to be the UK’s largest concentration of creative production, the Thames Estuary Production Corridor announces its new project team.

The team led by We Made That and comprised of Hawkins Brown, PRD, Ramidus, Tom Fleming, Suzie Norton and Jan Miller have been awarded the opportunity to take forward a significant commission designed to shape and deliver the next phase of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor.

Thames Estuary Production Corridor is a bold programme to build a world-class centre for creative production along the Estuary. It is the shared vision of the Mayor of London, the South East LEP and partners in East London, South Essex and North Kent, and is a unique example of an active cross-boundary partnership and strategic collaboration.

The Thames Estuary Production Corridor will play a crucial role in London and the South East’s recovery, economically and socially, after COVID-19, potentially creating 50,000 jobs and generating £3.7bn for the UK economy.

Cultural and creative industries will be integral to accelerating the UK’s economic and social recovery and the Thames Estuary Production Corridor will help create thousands of jobs, building world-class cultural infrastructure and developing local skills opportunities that will be crucial to deliver sustainable growth.

Over the next twelve months, the project team will work with partners to identify new development sites for creative and cultural production, formulate action plans for the region’s high growth fashion and screen-based industries and develop feasibility studies for new flagship cultural infrastructure across the region.

The Thames Estuary Production Corridor is supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as well as the Thames Estuary Growth Board and Envoy, Kate Willard OBE.

Kate Willard OBE, Estuary Envoy, said “The Thames Estuary Growth Board recognises and values the role that culture and creativity play in happy and successful places. Our pride in supporting the recently launched Estuary 2021 arts festival, extends to our mission to position London and the South East as a world leader for the creative industries. The Estuary is amazing, and this new project team is an exciting step towards developing a world class creative production corridor here!”

Ray Mia, Thames Estuary Growth Board lead for Culture, Digital and the Thames Estuary Production Corridor, said “We are delighted the new project team have been appointed. As the UK’s most exciting Production Corridor, the arts and cultural sectors have the potential to create thousands of jobs and add billions to the UK economy. As well as playing a crucial role in the country’s economic recovery, these sectors will bring immeasurable benefits. We look forward to working with them to help them deliver the enormous potential.”

The Thames Estuary Growth Board is supporting a free virtual event on Wednesday 9 June to discuss the ‘Creative Estuary – Developing the world’s most exciting creative cluster.’ Find out more about the event.

Find out more about the Thames Estuary Production Corridor.

Find out more about Estuary 2021 arts festival taking place 22 May – 13 June 2021.

Find out more about Creative Estuary.

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Image credit: Poplar Works by Rada Malasincu