Throughout the consultation and construction period, Attraction Source will be bringing you the latest news and information on what is set to be one of the largest developments the UK leisure industry has ever seen. We have summarised what we know so far into this helpful guide, and will be keeping it up to date with all the latest news and developments surrounding the project.
Set to be located on the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent, the proposed complex will feature a whole range of facilities including a theme park, water park, entertainment district, and hotel accommodation. Originally announced in October 2012, the project made steady progress towards the submission of a special type of planning application called a Development Consent Order (DCO), which took place in December 2020. If approved, it is anticipated that construction would begin shortly after development consent is granted, paving the way for a potential opening date during 2024.
Once completed, the proposed theme park will boast over 50 rides and attractions based upon popular film and television shows. With agreements in place with Paramount Pictures, BBC Worldwide, and ITV Studios, developers have a wide catalogue of intellectual properties to choose from. Developers have also formed a partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) who will provide strategic input on how the project can best incorporate British film and talent into the new entertainment resort. The BFI will ensure that the UK’s film industry will play a central role across the resort’s attractions, building on already well-known brands, and helping British cinema reach new, international audiences. Set within a number of themed areas, so far developers have confirmed there will be up to twelve major rides, family attractions, water rides, adrenaline rides, and signature entertainment shows and cultural events.