PY Gerbeau Insists London Resort ‘Going On As Plan’ As Electrosonic, Garmendale Engineering and Katapult Named As Top 3 Firms To Help £ 2.5bn Project
The man behind the multibillion-pound plans for the London Resort – a huge theme park in the county – has sworn it will be built despite “naysayers and backbiters”.
The long-running ambitious project – first announced in 2012 – is expected to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula.
After numerous delays – which have prompted many to wonder if it will ever be built – he is hopeful that the first phase of the £ 2.5bn project will open in 2024 and work will begin next year.
Now, PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), is attacking those who doubt the ambition of the park.
He said: “To all opponents and harbingers of doom, the London Resort is proceeding as planned.”
His comments came as he announced the first three companies to be chosen to help develop the £ 2.5bn entertainment complex.
Another 65 were told they were in the running to work on the park.
Among the top three is Electrosonic, based in Dartford.
She designs and manufactures lighting and audiovisual control systems and has previously worked on concerts for Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Genesis and The Who.
He also provided the “world’s largest permanent map projection show” at Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi.
Paul Taylor, senior consultant to the firm, said: “As a company involved in many of the world’s most iconic themed brands and entertainment attractions, it is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to work on a also exciting project here at in UK and right on our doorstep. We really can’t wait to be part of the team that will deliver this iconic attraction as the project begins to gain momentum.
The other companies named are Garmendale Engineering, based in Derbyshire, which is a world leader in the manufacture of amusement park ride systems. He has established working relationships with some of the world’s largest and most successful theme park operators, such as Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments, and Parques Reunidos Group.
Another Derby company, the creator of themed attractions Katapult, make up the trio. He works with groups like Lego Group, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros and the BBC.
More than half of the other 65 companies, so far not named, are British.
The appointments mark the first phase of a business registration process that began over a month ago, when nearly 2,000 businesses expressed interest in being part of the project. About 30% of them are based in Kent or Essex.
PY Gerbeau, CEO of LRCH, insisted that the door is still open for more companies to register.
He said: “This is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological magic. Electrosonic, Katapult and Garmendale are all leaders in their fields and together we are creating our own slice of history by building UK’s first new generation theme park But turning our vision into reality will be tough.
“We will be the first theme park across Europe to be built from the ground up in almost 30 years. We will be one of the only carbon neutral operational parks in the world. And with our investment in sustainability and the environment, we will be the beacon of what can be achieved when environment, commerce and entertainment flourish together, hand in hand. To make this vision a reality, we will only work with the best that the industry has to offer and today marks the first day of this exciting journey ahead.
“To all the businesses that think they can play a part in creating a world of unique experiences, I encourage you to visit our website now, register your details and together we will create our footnote in it. ‘story.”
The start date for the formal planning review to decide whether London Resort should go ahead was again delayed last month.
The six-month investigation to determine the claim was scheduled to begin in September.
But the start date has now been set by planning inspectors for an April launch – more than 13 months after plans submitted earlier this year were accepted for review.
It follows discussions between LRCH and the Planning Inspectorate which suggested that additional information should be submitted for the review to progress.
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