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Work continues on new business hub in Grays

WORK on turning the former Magistrates’ Court at the northern end of Grays High Street into a thriving business centre is moving forwards.

Grays-based Beardwell Construction have been carrying out refurbishment work at the building, remodelling the internal layout and including a small extension.

The aim is to create office space of nearly 1,900m for rent, providing 39 business units of varying sizes for start-up and more established businesses.

Each self-contained office will be refurbished to a high standard with fibre-optic connectivity and use of a designated conference facility in the building.

Thurrock Council’s Leader and regeneration portfolio holder visited the site recently

Leader, and Grays ward councillor, Cllr John Kent, said: “It was great to look around this fantastic building and see the quality of the work that has been carried out. I am convinced this will be another huge boost to our town.

“At the southern end of town we have seen a £40 million-plus investment in the new college which opened in September bringing thousands of students and hundreds of teachers and support staff into the middle of Grays.

“Now at the bottom of the High Street we see another massive investment – a £3 million investment – which will add even more jobs in the heart of the town, along with the financial boost those workers will add to established Grays businesses.”

The newly refurbished business centre is due to open mid-August and will be operated by NWES (Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services Ltd) a not-for-profit organisation which already runs the former Post Office site in nearby George Street.

Cllr Richard Speight, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “NWES has already received considerable interest from business wanting to rent the units. The Post Office site is full with a waiting list and the Magistrates’ Court is heading the same way.

“This just shows that Thurrock is full of people full of exciting ideas and plans for the future, plans which will benefit everyone in the borough.

“Thurrock’s entrepreneurial spirit is second to none and belies the fact that those who talk-down our regeneration and especially the establishment of Grays as a thriving place to do business are totally and utterly wrong.”

He added that Thurrock Council was also planning on creating new business centres in Tilbury and Purfleet.

Any organisation wanting to find out more about the availability of office space at the former Magistrates’ Court building should contact NWES Services 0845 4374465 or drop into Thurrock Centre for Business in George Street, Grays.

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