Olympic fundraiser Chris Townsend joins Paramount Park project in Swanscombe
The man who helped raise £2 billion towards the cost of the
Olympic Games in London is getting behind Paramount Park at
Chris Townsend, the former commercial director at London 2012
organiser LOCOG, will do the same role with developers London
Resort Company Holdings to create the theme park.
Mr Townsend is understood to have begun talks with investors to
raise funding for the project on the 872-acre site on the
He said: "This is a really exciting project and one that can
build on the legacy of the 2012 Games.
"The project has a stellar team, a wonderful vision, an
excellent location and transport links, the support of the local
councils, and a comprehensive business plan.
"All the ingredients are in place to make this project a great
"I am looking forward to capitalising on the encouraging
appetite from investors to date, and showcasing the project to a
wide range of national and international parties."
During his six years as commercial director for LOCOG, Mr
Townsend secured and managed over £2 billion of private finance for
the organising committee and was responsible for all forms of
image of what Paramount Park could look like
A public consultation on the park
is set to begin in January, a planning application by the
autumn, approved plans set for September 2014 and construction
possibly beginning as early as July 2015.
Before London 2012, Mr Townsend was group marketing
director for Transport for London, responsible for the launch of
the Oyster card.
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