Plans for London Paramount on show

The latest updates on the 3.2 billion project for the biggest entertainment resort in the UK will be presented at Kent Event Centre, Maidstone, on Thursday 6 October.

The Construction Expo will host the plans for London Paramount, which is planned for a 353-ha site at the Swanscombe peninsula in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and David Testa, CEO of London Paramount and executive director of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), will attend the event, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

A planning application for the scheme, which has production company Paramount Picture at its forefront, is currently being prepared for possible submission in 2017. Developers say it will generate around 30,000 jobs.

Testa told Ebbsfleet Garden City magazine: “Our landmark agreement with Paramount Pictures, the oldest major Hollywood studio in existence, allows the resort access to a wonderful library of films including iconic movies such as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, The Godfather and The Italian Job.”

The resort will feature a theatre, cinema, music clubs, hotels, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and up to 210,000sq m of indoor and outdoor space for events. It might also include Europe’s largest indoor water park. It is expected it will attract visitors from all over the country as well as the continent.

“It will contain a number of themed zones, with exciting rides and attractions for families and children, as well as for more adventurous, thrill-seeking visitors,” added Testa.

He said that the Swanscombe Peninsula had been chosen as development site for the project “for a number of reasons”: “It has excellent connectivity to central London and the continent, it is accessible in 17 minutes from London St Pancras and is less than two hours away from Paris.

“We will be regenerating a brownfield site, which has been isolated by its previous industrial uses.

“Through this project, we intend to harness the potential of the River Thames. We want to make it not only possible, but an attractive option for people to walk, cycle or bus around the site.”

If the secretary of state for communities and local government grants permission, the resort will open in 2021.