The Estates Team manages and maintains an operational estate of over 2,500 acres, in order to meet PLA’s core responsibilities of facilitating navigational safety, environmental management and promoting the use of the Thames. The Estates team secures and disposes of properties to meet the evolving needs of the operation. Recently sites have been acquired for radars and Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment.
The Estates Team is actively involved in securing sites under the Mayor of London’s Safeguarded Wharf Policy; also actively involved and leading the PLA with regard to the creation of a Centre of Marine Excellence at Denton (Gravesend).
The estate comprises a diverse range of uses from traditional industrial/storage and office/light industrial premises to agricultural tenancies and sites of special scientific interest. The major elements of the estate are:
- Richmond Lock & Weir
- Olivers Ait
- Gallions Reach
- Frog Island
- Gravesend office complex
- Denton Wharf facilities
- Canvey Island/Fobbing Creek/Vantage Creek
- Cliffe Marshes/Allhallows