State of the Art Logistics in Thurrock
Mardyke Park will provide a high-quality employment space that will provide over 700 jobs on a carbon-neutral business park.
The business park will support the delivery of infrastructure in Aveley and Purfleet-on-Thames. A newly funded roundabout will prevent unauthorised HGV access in Aveley, and a new boardwalk will offer cycle, pedestrian and equestrian access to the Mardyke Valley. The proposals include an educational woodland work and a workplace hub that will be accessible to the business park and members of the public.
A public consultation event was held in Aveley on Wednesday, 28th September 2022.
Click here to view the material from this consultation event.
Thurrock is an economic powerhouse and is now central to the newly formed Thames Freeport. The Borough has three ports and is close to the UK infrastructure network. The site has immediate access to J31 of the M25 motorway and A13. It is very well connected by bus and cycle routes. A Travel Plan also proposes improved access to Purfleet and Chafford Hundred railway station.
The scheme will provide over 700 new jobs. These jobs will include warehouse workers, HGV drivers, mechanics, technicians, clerks and assistants, purchasing managers and engineers. These jobs will be delivered in an area where there is a clustering of existing logistics uses.
For every 1,500 logistics workers in an area supports a further 1,000 jobs in the supply chain, service providers, and other businesses in the local community.
The scheme will include a new roundabout that will discourage HGV access into Aveley. This will prevent rat-running and enhance highway safety.
Improved multi-language signage and a new highway design will allow HGVs to turn-around before entering Aveley. The highway improvements will be fully funded the applicant. These HGV prevention measures will be built before the warehouses are operational.
The proposals will open access to the wider Mardyke by providing a pedestrian and cycle boardwalk. The site will offer an adventure playground for dogs, grass running track, and educational woodland walk.
The proposals also include a new community / business hub that will provide shared recreational uses. It will also include café facilities, access to Internet and toilets. A jetty will also be provided so the nearby Scouts can use the Mardyke for water-based activity in the future. The Mardyke river will also be dredged of previously dumped rubbish.
Developing New Skills and Promoting Workplace Health and Well-being
The proposals will employ local people. New skills will be provided and new alliances will be formed with colleges, such as South Essex College who offer courses in freight forward, supply chain management and HGV driving. The scheme will also promote skills in automation and environmental technologies.
Apprenticeships will also be offered. The scheme will make a commitment to improving ethnicity and gender balance in the workplace.
The new business park will built to the very highest sustainability standards. This will include energy efficiency, responsible construction, management of waste and better access to public transport.
Recent research shows that by decarbonising heat and electricity in logistics buildings will save CO2 emissions equivalent to around 70,000 homes and 90,000 offices.
MD Star Limited
MD Star Limited is a collective of several local business people that have worked in the area for many years.