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The Thames Estuary Production Corridor

Date published: 
22 January 2019

"Our vision for the world's largest creative production corridor is bold. It will position London and the South East as a world leader for the creative industries on a scale never seen before, creating a landmark corridor along the Estuary, powering skills opportunities and new jobs."

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

What is the Thames Estuary Production Corridor?

Launched by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Mayor of London in 2017, the Thames Estuary Production Corridor is an ambitious industrial vision to develop a world-class hub for cultural and creative production along the Estuary – leading global innovation, creating new jobs, developing talent and supporting the rapid growth of the creative economy. 

Building on the area's manufacturing legacy, this bold programme will develop a series of large scale, state-of-the-art creative and cultural production centres, creating opportunities for strategic skills programmes and putting local talent at its heart.

It is estimated that long-term investment in the Thames Estuary's creative industries could deliver 50,000 new jobs, adding an extra £3.1bn to the UK economy.

Where is the Thames Estuary Production Corridor?

Stretching from London to the coastlines of Essex and Kent, the Thames Estuary area extends from East London to Margate on the South bank of the Thames to Southend on the North bank. It includes seven East London Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Havering, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Who is making this happen?

The Thames Estuary Production Corridor is a unique cross-boundary partnership, established by the Mayor of London and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The consortium involves the Greater London Authority (GLA), Royal Docks and the seven East London boroughs that are part of the Thames Estuary region, SELEP and the South East Creative Economy Network, Kent and Essex County Councils, 11 local authority areas represented by Thames Gateway Kent Partnership and Opportunity South Essex.

The Thames Estuary Production Corridor partnership is working with a network of higher and further education institutions and cultural organisations in the Estuary.

What are the next steps?

In 2018, in partnership with the Royal Docks team and the London boroughs of Bexley and Lewisham, the GLA and the South East LEP commissioned Hatch Regeneris, We Made That and Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to develop a case for investment in the Thames Estuary Production Corridor. A wide consultation is ongoing and the final report will be published in 2019. 

The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission report endorsed TEPC, stating that “there is real potential to ensure that its ambitions are realised.” 

In 2019, the government supported this ambitious programme by awarding £4.3m funding to develop the Thames Estuary Production Corridor in North Kent and South Essex.