WORKS set to transform Grays reached a significant milestone recently as the construction of the new Civic Centre extension started.
To capture the first of many transformational projects set to regenerate the town, a time-lapse camera has been installed allowing residents to view real-time, minute-by-minute footage of the build by visiting thurrock.gov.uk/timelapse
These works kick-start huge regeneration plans across the town and will also mean the oldest part of the current Civic Centre building can be used to build much needed town centre homes on brownfield sites rather than greenbelt land. The extension will also help the council reduce its carbon footprint, decrease building costs and provide new multi-functional community space.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: “The Civic Centre extension leads the way for Thurrock’s ambitious redevelopment plans to transform Grays stretching from the River Thames to the very heart of the town, creating a better place to live, work, play and learn. It will be fantastic to be able to watch and document the town’s transformation starting with the civic building.”
In total, £200million in private and public investment has already been secured for the Grays town centre transformation. This includes an underpass at Grays Station, which has received £11million funding from the government through the Local Growth Fund. Grays Town Board are also working on a bid to secure an additional £25million of funding as part of the governments £3.6billion Towns Fund. Residents can view or comment on identified projects to date by visiting Graystownsfund.co.uk