East Tilbury Community Hub

Working with the local community to develop options for a new Community Hub in this unique Essex village.

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DK-CM are working with the Friends of Gobions Park and the East Tilbury Community Hub Steering Group to explore a potential ‘community hub’ for East Tilbury, one that provides a new heart to the community in the wake of a disastrous fire at the current Bata Heritage Centre in January 2016. This fire galvanised the local community into developing a new permanent community building for the village. Our work will help the community make decisions about the situation, programme, scale and character of this new building.


East Tilbury is an ancient village with a parish church dating to Saxon times, however its current character is largely due to the arrival, in the 1930s, of the Czech shoe manufacturer Bata, who constructed not only a large factory in East Tilbury but an entire company town for its workers. This led to East Tilbury being described as ‘the most modern town in Britain’ by the Guardian in 2006, and a significant legacy of modernist buildings and spaces.


  • Client: Friends of Gobions Park
  • Dates: 2020 – ongoing
  • Status: Ongoing

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