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Local Name:
The London Resort
Former Name(s):
Paramount Park London
Budget:
3.2B
Announced:
08 Oct 2012
Construction Start:
Opening:
2024
Area:
353 ha
  1. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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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/

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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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    I find it strange that a theme park partnered with BBC and Paramount has announced a generic dinosaur-themed area. Instead, they could have announced a dinosaur-themed area based on Walking with Dinosaurs (BBC) or Dinotopia (Paramount).

    Since announcing the design of The London Resort in December 2019 (https://www.themeparx.com/the-london-resort-paramount-park-london/?p=20014#post20014), the north west corner of the Resort has always shown the same Dinotopia area that is planned for Paramount Park in Kunming. Now according to today’s announcement that same location will in fact be a dinosaur-themed area but it is not Dinotopia and all of the attractions are different except that both areas have a theater of the same size. The Dinotopia area planned for Paramount Park in Kunming includes a 1500 seat theater. Now The London Resort is saying that their dinosaur area will also have a 1500 seat theater. Is this a coincidence? A 1500 seat theater is not necessarily unusual though for a theme park. For example, the newly opened Fantasyland Forest Theatre at Tokyo Disneyland is also 1500 seats.

    Was Dinotopia planned for The London Resort but switched for some reason? Was Dinotopia just a placeholder? Could this “Base Camp” itself be a placeholder for Dinotopia? Does Paramount not want their intellectual properties being used to promote the Resort yet? If “Base Camp” is real, will it actually have BBC branding?

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    Full info on the latest announcement here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/london-resort-hotels_the-london-resort-reveals-new-dinosaur-land-activity-6790252696378064896-Ae96

    Concept art of the "Base Camp" area









    The London Resort today unveiled an exclusive glimpse into Base Camp, an entire land dedicated to dinosaurs, adventure and the legacy of unsung heroes of palaeontology, including Mary Anning.
    The details were revealed today by PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings, as he spoke at a sustainability conference, hosted by attractions industry specialist, Blooloop. Along with new imagery of Base Camp, Gerbeau also announced his recommendation to take time to review and ensure the Resort’s ‘gold standard’ case for sustainability, given the implications of Natural England’s designation of the site as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

    “Working with the Planning Inspectorate, we have requested further time to prepare for the formal enquiry later this summer,” said Gerbeau. “It is absolutely fundamental for us to be leaders in sustainability. We’ve already committed to spending around £150m on remediation, habitat enhancement and providing around 8 miles of footpaths and public rights of way. But since Natural England designated the area a SSSI earlier this year – it is right and proper that we take a short extension to revise our reports and ensure they address the issues raised.

    “We are on track to create a beacon of world class entertainment and experiences within a world leading sustainable environment. And we’re very excited to announce details of our progress with a new land, Base Camp.”

    Set in the north west corner of the Resort, the land’s plans include two rollercoasters, a large multi- media live stage show experience, an advanced simulator attraction, immersive fine dining and an “active dig site” where younger palaeontologists can discover dinosaurs as they climb, dig and tunnel their way across the excavation site.

    “Base Camp’s design is based on a philosophy of what an actual, modern day, prehistorical nature reserve might look like,” commented PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings. “There will be thrills, spills and high energy rides combined with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures ever to walk the earth. However, unlike popular films that depict dinosaurs as villains, things don’t always go terribly wrong here. We are building a land of preservation and celebration of dinosaurs.”

    The first of two rollercoasters planned for the land will celebrate the reign of Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest known, winged reptiles of all time. Set over 1km of track, it aims to be one of the fastest coasters in Europe. It will also go against the trend of building coasters with towering heights and big drops. Recreating what scientists believe was a typical flight path of the extraordinary beast, this coaster will stay low to the ground, zipping across treetops, skimming water and bursting through rocky canyons. A multi-launch coaster reaching speeds in excess of 70mph, the ride will replicate the hunting speed of Quetzalcoatlus which would swoop low and fast to snare prey in its long, tweezer like beak.

    The second coaster inside Base Camp will offer a family orientated experience. Weaving beneath the flight path of Quetzalcoatlus, through the fascinating landscape, this ride will allow for adventurers of all ages and sizes to experience a rollercoaster with just the right level of ‘thrill’.

    An indoor, 1,500 seated arena will be located in the far corner of the preserve. This marquee attraction, framed by a massive biodome, will feature breath-taking shows set within a dense tropical forest.

    Alongside the fun and adrenaline, the land is also set to deliver educational opportunities. An enormous play area will be created for young palaeontologists to explore, excavate exciting fossil finds and develop STEM skills. Zip lines, climbing walls and multiple archaeological tunnels will welcome the most enthusiastic of kids while underwater viewing platforms will offer calming moments as families peer into prehistoric lagoons. An interactive, immersive, dark ride will use sophisticated gaming technology to enlist the help of guests to track and tag a variety of dinosaurs and ancient reptiles in the wild. It will pit humans against beasts in a quest for better understanding and scientific research.

    One of two food and beverage offerings within Base Camp will be a fun and eclectic family restaurant situated along the edge of a Cretaceous watering hole. It is where palaeontologists and visitors alike can relax and swap stories. It is also here that the life and legacy of Mary Anning will be fully celebrated. One of Britain’s greatest scientists, Mary Anning was a world-renowned fossil collector and palaeontologist. Self-taught and ambitious, she found and identified hundreds of fossils in her lifetime including being the first in the world to identify the Ichthyosaur. Only properly recognised in recent years by organisations such as the Natural History Museum and the Royal Society, here her life, legacy, and lasting impact on the world of palaeontology will be fully celebrated.

    The second food and beverage destination will be a fine dining experience with a difference. Situated at the edge of an underwater cliff, this luxury dining venue will combine first-rate cuisine, fine wines, with a view to die for. Floor-to-ceiling “windows” will wrap the dining room, offering guests a front-row seat to the flora and fauna of the prehistoric oceans just beyond the glass. Throughout the meal, schools of ancient fish may swim past the windows, darting from predators as they emerge from the inky blackness beyond. At regular intervals, something with a bit more bite may come into view. Ichthyosaurs loves to feed at this depth, and diners will have an unobstructed view as fish, otherwise assumed to be the hunters, become the hunted beneath the ocean’s surface.

    “Our vision is for The London Resort to be a beacon of world-class entertainment experiences set within a world-leading sustainable environment”, continued Gerbeau. “We are building a unique, global destination and the storytelling, thrilling adventures, and environmental messaging found inside Base Camp help to reinforce that effort.”

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