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  1. Michael is online now themeparX Top Investigator
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    The London Resort has released a new overview concept art of the entire theme park. This design matches the dinosaur concept art released back in April.



    The old design matched areas and rides that were also planned for Paramount Parks in South Korea and China. This new design is more different and generic. I wonder if this concept art is placeholder to not reveal the Paramount-branded attractions or if the park is going in a different direction and maybe building less of the planned Paramount rides that were originally shown...

    Source: Blooloop and http://www.ericwilliamscreative.com/#/themeparkdesign/

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    Three British firms, Electrosonic, Garmendale and Katapult, have today been unveiled as the first businesses to be chosen by The London Resort to help create the UK’s first, next generation theme park.

    65 other businesses, over half of which are British, have been advised that they are in the running to work on what is billed as one of the most ambitious leisure projects to be undertaken in the UK and Europe.

    It is the first and crucial phase of a business registration process that began over a month ago, when nearly 2000 businesses registered their interest in being part of this unique project. The initial businesses being contacted could all have an important role to play in moving the London Resort from conceptual design to concept refinement and schematic design.

    Making the announcement at blooloop V-Expo, PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), was keen to stress the door is still well and truly open for more businesses to register.

    “It is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological wizardry,” commented PY. “Electrosonic, Katapult and Garmendale are all leaders in their fields and together we are on a journey to create our own slice of history by building the UK’s first next generation theme park. But turning our vision into reality will be complicated.

    “We will be the first theme park across Europe, to be built from scratch in nearly 30 years. We will be one of the only operationally carbon neutral parks in the world. And with our investment in sustainability and the environment, we will be beacon of what can be achieved when the environment, commerce and entertainment flourish together, hand in hand. To make that vision a reality, we will only work with the best of the best that industry has to offer and today marks the first day of that exciting journey ahead.”

    The formal registration process began over a month ago when The London Resort called for businesses to register their interest in becoming a supplier. Nearly 2,000 businesses have registered so far, 30% of which are local, based in Kent and Essex. 90% are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), putting it on track to exceed the Government’s target that £1 in every £3 is spent with SMEs.

    PY was keen to stress that the door is still open to businesses wanting to register their interests. “To all the naysayers and doom-mongers, the London Resort is going ahead, as planned,” he continued. “To all businesses who believe they can play a part in creating a world of unique experiences, I encourage you to go to our website now, register your details and together we will create our footnote in history.”

    Commenting on the announcement, Gavin Cleary, CEO, Locate in Kent, the inward investment agency for Kent and Medway, said,”The tremendous response from our local supply chain firms shows what an important driver the London Resort will be for our region, and confirms Kent is a vibrant, reliable, and cost-effective place for major construction projects. We have the skills, the talent pool, the innovations, and the appetite to make a positive contribution to the project.”

    The three businesses unveiled at blooloop’s V-Expo 2021 are all firms well known and highly respected in their fields.

    Dartford-based Electrosonic, was founded above a Greenwich greengrocers in 1964. Early on, Electrosonic designed and manufactured lighting and audiovisual control systems to create exciting experiences and concerts for groups such as "Pink Floyd," "Genesis," "The Rolling Stones," and "The Who" to name a few.

    Now it is internationally recognised for applying its audiovisual and technology services to create out-of- this world experiences at some of the most recognised attractions worldwide, including Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Electrosonic provided complete parkwide audio and video and show control solutions for the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded theme park, including helping to create what is believed to be the “biggest permanent projection-mapped show in the world”.

    Commenting on the partnership, Paul Taylor, Senior Consultant, Electrosonic, said, "It’s fantastic news for us and a brilliant project to be part of from such an early stage. As a company that is involved with many of the most iconic themed entertainment brands and attractions around the globe it is a real thrill to have an opportunity of working on such an exciting project here in the UK and right on our doorstep. We are really looking forward to being part of the team that will deliver this iconic attraction as the project starts to build real momentum.”

    Derbyshire based Garmendale Engineering is a second-generation, family-owned and run business, founded in 1980. Situated on the edge of the Peak District, it is recognised as a world leader in the manufacture of theme park ride systems. It has established working relationships with some of the largest and most successful theme park operators in the world such as Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments and Parques Reunidos Group.

    Commenting on the opportunity to work with the London Resort, Commercial Director of Garmendale, Zoe Shelmerdine, said, “Garmendale is absolutely thrilled to be part of what will be a truly exciting and revolutionary project. It will be a huge asset to the UK and will allow the “best of British” talent to attract a global audience to the UK. This will hopefully put the UK back on the world attraction map and it is exactly what our industry deserves after a challenging 18 months.“

    International themed attraction designers, Katapult, was established in 2001 and started with a business loan from The Princes Trust. Based in Derby City Centre, the team is headed by Dawn Foote, Co-Founder & CEO, and Philip Higgins, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer. Katapult works with the likes of The LEGO® Group, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros and BBC. Their work is enjoyed by 50 million visitors, at over 81 attractions, in 20 different countries.

    Commenting on the announcement, Co-Founder and CEO of Katapult, Dawn Foote, said, "We are incredibly excited to be working with The London Resort team on this iconic project here in the UK. As experienced themed attraction designers, we understand what it takes to create immersive experiences that wow and inspire visitors. We're looking forward to working with PY and the team to do just that, and create a next generation theme park our country will enjoy and be proud of."
    Source: https://londonresort.info/news/first-businesses-chosen-to-help-create-uk-s-first-next-generation-theme-park/

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    Businesses have been invited to declare their interest in becoming a supplier to a multi-billion pound theme park project dubbed Britain's answer to Disneyland. The £2.5bn London Resort is set to be constructed on the Swanscombe Peninsula, between Dartford and Gravesend, with plans to open its first gate in 2024.
    Now bosses are inviting local and regional businesses to become part of its supply chain. Planners say the park will be a "gamechanger" for the entertainment and leisure industry in the UK, generating £50bn of gross economic activity over an initial 25-year period.
    Source: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/business-suppliers-wanted-for-next-disneyland-252230/

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    Can anyone understand the legal language here and explain whether this is good/bad or just procedural? To me this sounds like it could be negative and that LRCH have to provide more details to support their planning permissions and other applications because they are not sufficient or have been changed?

    Please keep away from speculation - we all have ideas on how well this is going, but I am interested in knowing if this is actually something that might change the course of the planning?

    Planning Inspectorate Decision: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/BC080001/BC080001-000978-The%20London%20Resort%20Procedural%20Decisions%2012%20August%202021.pdf

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    Pretty sure the "rare species of spider being discovered" has been given as the reason for delay at least 4 times since 2013...



    Source: https://twitter.com/cupcake_coaster/status/1410584797022507011/photo/1

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    More delays and a legal battle as LRCH have additional time to change plans and Merlin (and some other bodies) are saying they are using that time to make substantial changes which were not part of the original proposal that went to public consultation. It's a big old mess!

    A planning application bid for a £2.5bn theme park proposal in Kent will continue to go ahead after it was called into question by rivals who said they needed to be withdrawn.

    Merlin Entertainments – which run Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds – claimed new submissions for the London Resort, planned to be between Dartford and Gravesend, amounted to a "material change". The company, the second largest tourist attraction operator in the world behind Disney, said they wanted to see the plans pulled entirely to allow members of the public, authorities and businesses to comment due to what it said were fundamental changes taking place.

    It comes after London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the group behind the proposals dubbed Britain's answer to Disneyland, were granted a four-month extension to amend plans after the Swanscombe Marshes were granted protected status.
    A host of environmental groups, including the RSPB and Bugslife, also wrote to the Planning Inspectorate saying the documents set to be submitted were considerably different to the original application. But the leading member of the Planning Inspectorate panel which will assess the application says they will consider whether new documents "amount to a material change as and when they are submitted".
    It was initially expected the meeting would be held between September 27 and October 18 with final documents from LRCH due to be submitted by September 3.

    Mr Cowperthwaite said inspectors would confirm the date once they had "an opportunity to review the updated and new documents and relevant consultation responses as and when they are submitted". He added it was unlikely to hold the meeting before October 18 with a decision not expected until at least September 17.

    Speaking previously, LRCH boss Pierre-Yves Gerbeau said there were no plans for any "material change" to the application but admitted there would have to be amendments taking into account the new SSSI status.
    Source: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/go-ahead-for-theme-park-planning-bid-after-rivals-challenge-249739/

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    A new article about the sustainability efforts of the London Resort. There is another PR article doing the round at the moment about the economic benefits to the local area and lifting people out of poverty in the surrounding areas.

    They really do want to talk about everything other than the theme park don't they?

    Some projects go above and beyond in this regard, showcasing the ability of human ingenuity to develop innovative projects that can still focus on sustainability goals. Such is the case with the new London-based themed resort being developed by Abdulla Al Humaidi. The Kuwaiti European Holding CEO has made sustainability such a focus of his work that it has drawn widespread praise from interested parties around the world.
    While the above overview amounts to just a small look at the positive impact the new resort will have on the environment and local community, it begins to provide a picture of how it is breaking new ground when it comes to sustainability. In pursuing this course of action for his new development, Abdulla Al Humaidi is not only making a meaningful contribution towards alleviating these concerns, but he is also helping to further the global conversation on responsible development.
    In the case of the London resort, one way this has been accomplished has been through the creation of numerous green spaces connected to the site's overall design. These green spaces will be accessible by the public and will allow for a pleasing place to step away from some of the urban elements of the city and find a greater sense of peace and quiet. The green spaces will allow community members to engage in recreation, relaxation, and increased appreciation of the area surrounding their residences and gain greater access to the new development and the existing amenities present in the area.
    Source: https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/46145/20210522/abdulla-al-humaidi-blazes-sustainability-trail-with-new-themed-resort.htm

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    The London Resort has been granted a four-month delay to a government review

    https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/theme-park-developers-granted-review-delay-246821/

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    Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and numerous local authorities have warned that transport infrastructure in London and Kent could be overwhelmed if the proposed £3.5bn London Resort Theme Park is given the go-ahead.

    In written submissions to The Planning Inspectorate, the park’s developer London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) is urged to carry out further transport impact assessments with warnings that the Elizabeth line, High Speed 1 rail line and key roads such as the Dartford Crossing could be severely impacted.

    There are also concerns about the proposed development which uses land safeguarded for the potential Crossrail extension to Ebbsfleet.
    In its submission to The Planning Inspectorate, TfL is critical of LRCH for failing to consult them on transport impacts before submitting its application and accuses the developer of failing to carry out “appropriate [transport] modelling”.

    “For both road and rail impact, TfL has concerns over the resilience of the networks,” TfL’s submissions states

    “An incident on the Dartford Crossings or delays on the HS1 rail lines, for example, could lead to a significantly different pattern of demand. Since such incidents are relatively common, especially on the Crossings, it is reasonable for those effects to be considered.”

    TfL submission is critical of LRCH for using a spreadsheet to carry out its road and rail modelling.

    It adds: “The failure to use appropriate modelling tools means that impacts on the rail and underground network have not been assessed with any degree of certainty.
    https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/elizabeth-line-hs1-and-dartford-crossing-could-be-overwhelmed-by-3-5bn-london-theme-park-16-04-2021/

  10. Michael is online now themeparX Top Investigator
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    During the summer of 2017 Rethink Leisure & Entertainment was responsible for the masterplan of The London Resort. When you go to many pages on the official resort website (such as here: https://londonresort.info/the-project/) you can see a piece of concept art as the background. Here's the full piece of concept art which was done by Rethink Leisure & Entertainment:



    At that time Aardman Animations was involved in the project so here's a never-before-seen image of the Wallace and Gromit area which is also by Rethink Leisure & Entertainment:



    Keep in mind that both of these pieces of concept art do not likely represent the current design of The London Resort but who’s to say whether or not even the recent, officially released concept art represents the current design

    Source: https://jasperlark.com/design/theme-parks/

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