Group focus: Radisson to build hotel in UK’s largest entertainment development [Construction Report]

by | Aug 30, 2019 | Projects

Once completed in 2024, the London Resort will be the UK’s largest theme park, spanning 535 acres or the equivalent of 136 Wembley stadiums.

430-room Radisson Blu hotel to be built in the 535-acre London Resort, an upcoming multimillion dollar global entertainment destination.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced a new partnership with The London Resort, the multimillion dollar global entertainment destination poised to make its debut in 2024.

The nature of the deal is such that the Radisson Hotel Group will become a stakeholder in the project, opening a Radisson Blu hotel in the 535-acre resort, which is being built in Kent, United Kingdom, roughly a 20-minute trip from London. This marks the second recent new partnership for The London Resort, which also recently announced a reignited deal with Paramount Picture Corporation.

That latter deal is aimed at combining the best Hollywood has to offer with the best of British entertainment, subsequently creating new experiences for the entire family. The resort, once completed, is slated to be one of the single biggest theme resorts in all of Europe, and it will include a theme park, water park, cinema, theater, hotels, restaurants, and more.

The 430-room Radisson Blu hotel will provide the perfect base from which visitors can explore The London Resort, featuring a bar and restaurant as well as large meeting and event spaces. There will also be leisure facilities, including a spa and swimming pool, so guests can unwind and relax after a fun-filled day in the resort.

The London Resort will be ideally located, close to Ebbsfleet station, which sits on the Eurostar line – meaning visitors can travel to or from London in 20 minutes, as well as to or from Paris and Brussels in around two hours.

“We are delighted to be part of such an iconic and unique project that is breaking new ground and bringing together an exciting mix of global brands,” said Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group. “We strive to create memorable experiences for our guests, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

More About the London Resort

The London Resort will soon become a world-class entertainment destination, one that is located on the Swanscombe peninsula, Kent.

Once completed, The London Resort will be the United Kingdom’s largest theme park, spanning 535 acres, which is the equivalent of 136 Wembley stadiums. In addition to its theme park, once completed The London Resort will also feature Europe’s single largest entertainment district, comprised of thousands of hotel rooms, shops, restaurants, theaters, event space, and more.

The project is currently slated to open in 2024, pending planning approval. Forming a key part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City regeneration, the project is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). The London Resort is being delivered by the London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), which is owned by the Kuwaiti European Holding Company Group (KEH). KEH acquired the development company, the London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), in August 2013.

Renowned international entrepreneur and leisure industry executive PY Gerbeau joined The London Resort as Chief Executive in June 2019. Gerbeau brings a wealth of experience from the tourism, retail, sport, entertainment and real estate industries, having previously held roles as co-founder and CEO of the country’s largest and best-performing leisure investment vehicle, X-Leisure. He also successfully turned around the fortunes of both Euro Disney and the Millennium Dome, so he has experience with this type of ventures.

Key London Resort Facts

For those who are interested, here are some key facts about the world-famous London Resort:

  • The UK’s largest theme park and the largest entertainment district in Europe
  • 535 acres – the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums
  • Billion-pound investment generating thousands of jobs
  • Thousands of hotel rooms
  • 17 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras International Station
  • A Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)
  • Construction targeted to begin in 2021, set to open to visitors in 2024

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