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Chris Townsend joins company behind Kent's Paramount park project
POSTED 11 Dec 2012 . BY Kath Hudson
The man who secured £2bn of funding for the London Olympics has now been charged with raising funds for the Paramount-branded visitor attraction in Kent, which is hailed as Britain’s answer to Disneyland.

Chris Townsend has joined the board of London Resort Company Holdings, as commercial director for the resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent.

Plans for the 872-acre site include Europe’s largest indoor waterpark, theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels. Brands such as Star Trek and Titanic will feature.

Townsend said to local press: “Post-Olympics it’s probably going to be the country’s biggest and most exciting regeneration project. The UK doesn’t have a destination on this scale. The UK needs big regeneration projects to kick start the economy and this will be a substantial tourism destination, not just for the UK, but for Europeans.”

He said most of the funding would be in place next year, triggering a planning application. The second phase of fundraising, from brands, ticketing and licensing, will take place once plans have been approved.

During his six years as commercial director at LOCOG, Townsend secured and managed over £2bn of private finance and was responsible for all forms of revenue generation and procurement, including sponsorship. He led a domestic sponsorship programme with over 44 partners, raising £750m.

Project leader for the development, Tony Sefton, said the appointment of Townsend was “a real coup.”
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Chris Townsend joins company behind Kent's Paramount park project
POSTED 11 Dec 2012 . BY Kath Hudson
The man who secured £2bn of funding for the London Olympics has now been charged with raising funds for the Paramount-branded visitor attraction in Kent, which is hailed as Britain’s answer to Disneyland.

Chris Townsend has joined the board of London Resort Company Holdings, as commercial director for the resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent.

Plans for the 872-acre site include Europe’s largest indoor waterpark, theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels. Brands such as Star Trek and Titanic will feature.

Townsend said to local press: “Post-Olympics it’s probably going to be the country’s biggest and most exciting regeneration project. The UK doesn’t have a destination on this scale. The UK needs big regeneration projects to kick start the economy and this will be a substantial tourism destination, not just for the UK, but for Europeans.”

He said most of the funding would be in place next year, triggering a planning application. The second phase of fundraising, from brands, ticketing and licensing, will take place once plans have been approved.

During his six years as commercial director at LOCOG, Townsend secured and managed over £2bn of private finance and was responsible for all forms of revenue generation and procurement, including sponsorship. He led a domestic sponsorship programme with over 44 partners, raising £750m.

Project leader for the development, Tony Sefton, said the appointment of Townsend was “a real coup.”
MORE NEWS
The Everyday Heritage initiative celebrates and preserves working class histories
Off the back of the success of the first round of Everyday Heritage Grants in 2022, Historic England is funding 56 creative projects that honour the heritage of working-class England.
Universal announces long-awaited details of its Epic Universe, set to open in 2025
Universal has revealed it will be adding new Harry Potter attractions, alongside Super Nintendo and How to Train Your Dragon worlds to its Florida resort.
Heartbreak for Swedish theme park, Liseberg, as fire breaks out
A fire has destroyed part of the new water world, Oceana, at Liseberg in Sweden, and a construction worker has been reported missing.
Museum director apologises after comparing the city of Florence to a sex worker
Museum director Cecilie Hollberg has come under fire for comparing the city to a sex worker due to uncontrolled mass tourism.
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Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
Clip 'n Climb

Clip ‘n Climb currently offers facility owners and investors more than 40 colourful and unique Cha [more...]
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We’re a Yorkshire-based online printer, founded in 2009 by Adam Carnell and James Kinsella. [more...]
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Asia Pool & Spa Expo

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