London Resort On Swanscombe Peninsula: Could Dream Finally Become A Reality?

16th September 2019
Paul Brooks

On Wednesday 11th September, Caxtons jointly *sponsored, organised and hosted the latest Ebbsfleet Executives Club, which meets quarterly at the Kufflink Stadium, Ebbsfleet Football Club.

There was a full agenda and a packed house made up of both local and regional businesses – in particular those involved in the property development and financial sectors in attendance.

Speaker Andy Martin from the London Resort Company gave an in-depth presentation on proposals for their entertainment resort, destined for the Swanscombe Peninsula, Dartford.

Reports that more had happened in the past six-months than in the last five-years was welcome news for the 60-strong audience who greeted it with enthusiasm.

Planned to open in 2024, with consultation and planning application scheduled for 2020, London Resort £3billion pound scheme involves Paramount, ITV and BBC and is lauded as an ‘entertainment resort’, combining ‘the best of Hollywood with the best of British’.

The London Resort site, situated just 17 minutes from London St Pancras via HS1, two-hours from Gare du Nord, Paris and one-hour from Heathrow, is ideally located for easy access by sustainable transport including the Thames River transport.

London Resort say that this tier one attraction is a first for the UK. It would bring £billions in to the UK economy, and it is anticipated the park will result in 10,000 direct jobs, plus many more indirectly from suppliers and ancillary providers, especially during the build phase – which is anticipated to last for approximately two-and-a-half years.

The project includes provision for e-Sports, a water resort and 2,500 hotel beds, distributed across three hotels, all of which will be open for business from day-one.

In June this year Pierre-Yves (PY) Gerbeau was appointed CEO of London Resort. His track record includes Euro Disney, where he rose to become Vice-President of Park Operations and Attractions, and in 2000 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome.

London Resort is keen to acknowledge its partnerships with Thames Clippers, Redisson and various utility companies, and confirms that it is working closely with The Highways Agency in order to secure the smooth running of the project. In addition the company is keen to emphasise a strong relationship with Ebbsfleet Garden City (EGC), who are building the homes where it is anticipated employees of the future London Resort will live.

* Caxtons sponsored the event in conjunction with accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy, Gullands Solicitors and Ebbsfleet Football Club.

Hosting guests, were Caxtons’ directors Neil Chatterton (MD), David Gurton and Charlotte O’Laherty, together with Laura O’Donnovan, Tony Martin and Mandy Bearne.

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