Grays, Thurrock – Town Centre Strategy

 Thurrock Borough Council

Grays High St has suffered from decline in recent years due to shifts in retail patterns as well as the growth of the nearby Lakeside Shopping Centre. The High Street is also disconnected from the River Thames due to a railway level crossing that splits the street, restricting permeability and discouraging connections.

The masterplan project has been stimulated by a proposed new pedestrian and cycle underpass beneath the railway that will reconnect the High Street. AR Urbanism and Steer are responsible for understanding the wider town centre impacts and potential benefits of this improved connection in terms of public realm opportunities, enhancements to the movement network, and the identification of development sites to meet ambitious growth targets.

The proposed project bank builds on extensive analysis that examined permeability, built form, uses, lighting, street and building design guidance, heritage assets and potential improvement in the market. Based on high-quality public realm and new development opportunities, the project promotes a new future for the High Street that brings a new residential population, public realm quality and the provision of culture and leisure uses.

– work in progress –

Key sites for intervention

Key sites for intervention

Grays structure plan

Key sites for intervention

Key sites for intervention

Proposal for Grays town wharf

Proposal for the pocket park on Orsett Road

Proposal for Morrison blanc wall


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