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New images released of ITV Studios theme park in Kent

New artwork for the first phase of a new £3.5bn theme park in north west Kent have been revealed.

The London Resort will join up with the BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures, at a base on the Swanscombe Peninsula between Dartford and Gravesend. The 535-acre site will be the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums.

The London Resort has also announced it will pursue a Net Zero emissions goal.

Artwork image of the Castle at the London Resort Credit: The London Resort

“We are creating a first-class theme park. A destination that maximises all the new, immersive and interactive technologies and experiences in the world.

“But we won’t just be creating a world class leisure destination, it will also be one of the most sustainable theme parks on the planet.

“We have three guidelines we work to when it comes to developing attractions. Number one is innovation. We’re not here to copy what’s been done before even if it has been successful. Number two is relevance. We need to consider that the customers of today will not be the customers of 2024. And the third is flexibility. We need to create a park that can evolve and adapt easily.”

– PY Gerbeau, Chief Executive of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH)
Paramount Pictures are involved in the London Resort Credit: The London Resort

Billed as one of the most ambitious theme park projects ever in Europe, the London Resort will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992.

It will eventually be a two-park resort - the first ‘gate’ will open in 2024 and the second within five years, and it's expected that around 70% of attractions will be undercover.

The London Resort – Key facts

An artwork aerial view of the London Resort Credit: The London Resort
  • The UK’s largest theme park
  • 535 acres – the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums
  • Billion-pound investment generating thousands of jobs
  • 17 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras International Station
  • Construction targeted to begin in 2021, set to open to visitors in 2024