£2 billion theme park near Dartford could also feature 'Star Trek' and 'Mission: Impossible' rides
Rides based on popular BBC shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and Top Gear could become star attractions at a new theme park in Kent.
The £2 billion amusement park is being built on the Swanscombe Peninsula near Dartford by London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), which has signed a deal with the BBC allowing the use of the broadcaster’s much-loved programmes and characters.
LRCH’s director, David Testa, said of the deal: “We are delighted to bring the world’s leading public service broadcaster on board this project. The BBC has played an instrumental role in shaping the British entertainment industry for nearly a century, creating some of the most iconic and cherished characters on TV and radio. It seems only right therefore that its programmes will be present at the new London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which will combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture.”
LRCH has also signed a deal with Paramount Pictures, meaning rides based on blockbuster film franchises including Star Trek and Mission: Impossible could also form part of the theme park, which is expected to create up to 27,000 jobs.
In addition to rides based on films and TV shows, LRCH’s plans for the park include a 2,000-seat theatre, 5,000 hotel rooms and a water attraction. The park, which is being built on a 900-acre brownfield site, is due to open in 2020.