The fourth and final stage of public consultations for London Paramount Entertainment Resort began this week revealing the most detailed plans so far for the proposed new development on the Swanscombe Peninsular in Kent.
As part of the latest set of plans, a new masterplan and series of concept images have been released, illustrating the developers’ vision for key areas of the entertainment resort. The concept images illustrate four of the themed areas of the proposed theme park: Adventure Isle; Myths and Legends Castle; Paramount Port Bay; and Port Plaza. These latest images give the impression of the high standard of theming the resort is aspiring to and hints at some of the rides and attractions which could possibly be included within the theme park – including a rapids in Adventure Isle and potentially a wooden rollercoaster behind the Myths and Legends Castle. However, despite what the concept images show, there are not yet any detailed plans for the rides which will be included, with the current planning documents only stating that ‘rides and attractions are being designed by leading designers and operators’.
Emphasis has been placed in this latest round of consultations on the entertainment programme available across the whole of the new resort, with a 1, 500 seat theatre proposed which will be home to regular West End Quality shows, art-house cinema and nightclubs, parades, special events, and events and conference facilities alongside a business hub and up to 5000 hotel rooms. Also situated with the resort will be and indoor waterpark covering a space of approximately 25,000 m2. Of particular interest is the fact that the area designated for the waterpark states that it does not include any attached hotel – could this suggest a similar set up to Splash Landings at Alton Towers Resort? The waterpark is also described as a ‘distinctive visitor experience’ which will be a ‘unique in scale for the UK’.
As with previous rounds of consultations, transport features heavily within the documents detailing the resort’s plans. One of the key areas of focus is the options for phased improvements to the A2(T) to enable a new access road to the resort to be constructed. Based on feedback from previous consultations, developers have put forward two possible options for a 2.8km dual carriageway access route. Both options would run adjacent to the existing HS1 rail line and feature up to 6 bridges and 8 tunnels. Option 1 would see the upgrading of roundabouts to create a gyratory system with a free flow route to the theme park and central drop off point. Option 2 would improve the existing A2 slip road whilst creating a ‘hamburger’ style roundabout (where there is a route down the centre of the roundabout as well as around the outside) to help separate traffic heading towards the resort. In order to minimise disruption, the park opening hours will be set to avoid current peak traffic times, and dedicated breakdown patrols will be available to help remove any vehicles experiencing difficulties and causing congestion.