Ray Hole plans £2bn tourist resort for film giant in Kent
Ray Hole Architects has unveiled images of a proposed £2 billion tourist resort for Hollywood filmmaker Paramount on the Swanscombe Peninsula in north Kent
The 352 hectare ‘entertainment destination’, which is being billed as the biggest regeneration opportunity since the Olympics, will transform a brownfield site close to Ebbsfleet International station.
The waterside scheme is being led by development vehicle London Resort Company Holdings on behalf of Paramount Licensing - the licensing division for Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures. The joint venture includes Development Securities, the principal land owner Lafarge, and giant construction company Brookfield Multiplex.
According to the development team, the district will feature Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres, live music venues, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels and create up to 27,000 jobs.
Post Olympics, this is Britain’s next major regeneration opportunity
Tony Sefton, project leader for LRCH, said: ‘Our vision is to create a world class entertainment destination, the first of its kind in the UK. We are at the start of a long journey, but have been encouraged by the support and buy-in we have had to date. We are particularly pleased with the appetite we are seeing from investors, who consider this a compelling investment proposition. ‘
He continued: ‘Post Olympics, this is Britain’s next major regeneration opportunity. Over the next 12-18 months we will be progressing the planning application, while embarking on a wide-reaching programme of community consultation, while securing further commercial agreements with third parties. Our timetable for delivery, including the planning application process and construction timetable, is geared towards completion and opening in 2018.”
LRCH has already been working with both Dartford and Gravesham Borough Councils.
- 27,000 jobs supported in the community, many of which will include young people, apprenticeships, older workers and skilled jobs
- A UK training academy for the entertainment and hospitality industries
- Flats for the site’s key workers
- A policy of supporting the local economy, for example sourcing local Kent-produce
- A new country park for the community
- The largest single-site science and education visitor facilities in Europe, generating 1 million subsidised local educational visits annually
- A local base for manufacture and sale of leisure products
- The biggest performing arts centre in Europe
- Re-use of some Olympic infrastructure
- An emphasis on British and Kent character
- Utilising the 1,000 year history of Gravesend and Dartford
- LRCH is pursuing a strategy which will seek to mitigate the impact of the project on the highway network
- Acting as a tourism portal for Kent and London