2050 Vision: The Thames Gateway Core Vision
Sir Terry Farrell’s vision for the Thames Gateway
The Thames Gateway is critical to the UK’s future prosperity.
This premise is at the heart of Sir Terry Farrell’s ‘Core Vision’
for The Thames Gateway in his role as Design Champion for the
Gateway and builds on the parklands vision and the eco-region
concept. The vision recognises that the Thames Gateway project
is a long term initiative that has already, and will continue to, span
decades and governments.
The Thames Gateway plays a critical role in supporting wealth
creation in an increasingly competitive world. London is the UK’s
most important economic asset. It drives one of the world’s most
successful regional economies, the Greater South East (London,
the South East and the East of England). Enabled by London’s
wealth, the Greater South East (GSE) is the only UK region
that competes on the world stage and it is the most important
‘super-region’ in Europe.
Sir Terry Farrell at this year’s Thames Gateway Forum
“I believe this new vision communicates in a compelling and inspirational way what the Gateway
is all about, what its future prospects are and why government and partners are happy to give
it their support. The narrative will be very useful to help guide thinking on the future delivery
strategy for the Gateway as we go forward.” Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of the HCA.
According to the vision, the long term success of the Thames Gateway depends on:
Recognising that growth in London and the Greater South east is critical. Sustainable economic growth – by 2020, GDP and Gross
Value Added (GVA) could match the Greater South East’s averages, adding 12 billion to the UK economy with growth exceeding
the regional average thereafter.
By 2050, Thames Gateway has a vigorous economy based on its unique assets
• Major new environmental industries are established, including carbon recycling, capture and storage
• Business and financial services employment in Thames Gateway is second only to Central London within Europe
• There is a major increase in transport employment, including ports and logistics
• There is an established and growing knowledge economy
• There are centres of advanced manufacturing throughout Thames Gateway
The focus for low carbon industry and a place for low carbon communities
Essential as we head to Copenhagen. An innovative local carbon economy – the Thames Gateway could become the leading place
for environmental innovation and change in the UK. By 2050, the Thames Gateway could be self sufficient and despite major growth,
the area could reach its 80% carbon reduction target.
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