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A landmark visitor centre is set to be built at the new Thurrock Thameside Nature Park following approval by the Development Corporation’s Planning Committee.

The visitor centre will be the centrepiece for the new park being created on the Mucking landfill site. The park will be operated by the Essex Wildlife Trust under a lease arrangement from Cory Environmental.

The visitor centre has been designed by architects Van Heyningen and Haward who also designed the award winning RSPB Environment and Education Centre on the Rainham Marshes at Purfleet.

The building will have a striking and distinctive ramp which wraps around the building to provide access to a rooftop observation area. This area will offer the public a 360 degree view of the nature park, Mucking Creek, Mucking Flats, the River Thames and surrounding areas.

Following the approval, Bill Samuel, Chair of the Development Corporation’s Planning Committee said, “At long last this is the beginning of the end of landfill on the Mucking Marshes. The new Thurrock Thameside Nature Park will be a distinct contrast to the current site and it is important that the visitor centre is of the highest building quality and design. Today, the Development Corporation has ensured that the visitor centre and Nature Park will become an outstanding environmental asset for the various communities in Thurrock and beyond to visit and enjoy.”

For further information, please contact:
Nicola Milne, Sarah Barnes or Lawrence Luketa, Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Tel: 01708 895 431 / 895427 / 899389 or email nicola.milne@thurrocktgdc.org.uk.