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40 KENT
THAMES GATEWAY KENT
Thames Gateway Kent is good news for businesses that are looking to enjoy the unrivalled opportunity for
cost effective operations, accessible transport links and high-quality housing, this is good news. According
to a recent perception study conducted by the county's investment promotion agency Locate in Kent,
Thames Gateway Kent is the preferred business location in the county. There is no shortage of excellent
general office and warehouse space in the area, at sites like Crossways, The Bridge in Dartford and
Chatham Maritime in Medway, making this a good time to look closely at the opportunities on offer,
particularly with Southeastern’s high-speed commuter services into London due to begin from Ebbsfleet
International (and from Kent as a whole) in late 2009. Of course Kent and Ebbsfleet are of strategic
importance not just to British companies but to those from Europe too. French companies are finding the
relatively liberal regulatory environment in Britain highly beneficial and increasing numbers are setting up
here. The Channel Tunnel and Eurostar now mean Kent is, to all intents and purposes, as much part of
northern Europe as it is of England. The English Channel is now meaningless as an obstacle to travel.
EBBSFLEET VALLEY
The old Eastern Quarry to the east of the Bluewater
began to build the station, thanks to the painstaking planning process,
shopping centre and south of the A2, part of
and 2006 before work began on the first phase of Ebbsfleet Valley.
Ebbsfleet Valley, produced the chalk that was used
This was Springhead Park, a joint development between Land
Securities, the majority landowner in Ebbsfleet Valley, and
in the major regional building projects of the last
Countryside Properties. The first new homes went on sale in March
century. Cement from the area was even used to
2008, just a few months after the first Eurostar services began to flow
build the Channel Tunnel and the QEII Bridge. It is through Ebbsfleet International station. It will be many years, well into
only fitting that the marks left on this area in
the 2020’s, before all ten development zones at Ebbsfleet Valley are
serving the greater cause should now be a key
completed, by which time a new generation of residents will have
defining landscape feature in the creation of a
embraced this exciting new area of Kent.
vibrant new community.
In all, a third of a century will have passed from the origination of the
concept to its completion, a span that will inevitably see the economy
The 1,000 acre area, about three times the size of Hyde Park, will
experience stability, prosperity and turbulence. The credit crunch of
provide 10,000 new homes and 9m square feet of business, retail,
2007-2008 will leave its mark, no doubt, but with major structural
leisure and community facilities, abundant parkland, lakes and woods
changes and increased accessibility opening up Ebbsfleet Valley
and will be home to businesses taking advantage of high value
during this period, nowhere can be better placed to ride out the
facilities set in beautiful surroundings within minutes of the high speed
current storms and grow quickly as the economy recovers than
rail links to London and Europe.
Ebbsfleet Valley.
The vision for Ebbsfleet Valley emerged from the decision in 1994 to
Sources:
route the rail line from the Channel Tunnel through the Kent Thameside
Locate in Kent www.locateinkent.co.uk
area, and the selection of Ebbsfleet Valley as the site for a new
Land Securities www.landsecurities.com
international railway station. It would be 2002 before work actually
Countryside Properties www.countryside-properties.com
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