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Revealed: latest vision for £2bn Paramount resort in Kent

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Hollywood filmmaker Paramount has revealed its latest plans for a proposed £2 billion resort in north Kent masterplanned by Terry Farrell

The huge project on the Swanscombe Peninsula is expected to become the first ‘commercial’ scheme to pass through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) planning regime when submitted later this summer.

Public consultation has already started on the 352ha ‘entertainment destination’, which is backed by London Resort Company Holdings and which will feature Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres, live music venues and a number of themed zones including a jungle, medieval caste and historic port.

Initial plans for the brownfield site close to Ebbsfleet International station were revealed back in 2012 by Ray Hole Architects. The practice remains on the scheme, focusing on the ‘core of the resort’, with Farrells overseeing the wider masterplan work.

Other architects will be appointed to the project - officially the London Paramount entertainment resort - as it progresses.

Fenlon Dunphy, executive director of London Paramount, said: ‘At this point in time, we are focusing on the masterplanning of the [project], with the view to submitting the planning application in late summer this year.

‘Following submission we will then start the detailed design phase of the project.’

The company said it would be holding supply chain events later this year and had set up a dedicated supplier email address.

If the project is granted planning permission by the Secretary of State next year, as hoped, London Paramount said it would start the application process for jobs relating to the construction in winter 2016.

Originally due to open in 2018, a revised date of Easter 2020 has now been pencilled in.

London Paramount - public consultation model - Farrells

London Paramount - public consultation model - Farrells

Previous story (AJ 08.10.12)

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.”

Swanscombe, north Kent for Paramount [original masterplan from 2012]

Swanscombe, north Kent for Paramount [original masterplan from 2012]

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