Purfleet is situated south of the A13 road, adjacent to the River Thames. It is also conveniently located and within the bounds of the M25 motorway but just outside the Greater London boundary. There is some industry to the south and the area forms part of the Thames Gateway redevelopment area. Purfleet is highlighted for regeneration as part of the Thames Gateway Masterplan, due to its location on the River Thames and links to London.
Purfleet is one of seven conservation areas within the Thurrock area.
Purfleet is a highly industrial area and is the site of a Unilever works producing Stork, Flora, Bertolli, and margarine since 1917, reputed to be the largest in the world. It also has an Esso lubricants plant and a ro-ro ferry terminal, on this note it is also said to have the smallest high street!
Purfleet has it’s own railway station which again provides popular with London commuters in its newly developed areas along Harrisons Wharf, Caspian Way and off of the London Road.
The latest edition to Purfleet is the Royal Opera House, which opened its gates in December 2010 and is a brand new state of the art production park located on a 14 acre site. As the UK’s first ever national centre of excellence for technical skills, crafts and production for the performing arts and live music industries, the ROH Production Park will be a unique and valued resource, located right on our doorsteps. It will house a world-class production facility for the Royal Opera House and the new National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills, located in the restored Grade II listed High House Farm building in the heart of Purfleet, this will in effect create a greater population for Purfleet and it will act as a catalyst for creating new training, jobs and education.
This is just the beginning of much regeneration for the Purfleet area, exciting times ahead!