28 May 2019

Trio of senior real estate finance advisors join project team responsible for delivery of world class destination theme park.

The London Resort, a global destination theme park located on the Swanscombe peninsular, Kent, due to open in 2024, has formed a new advisory board.

The London Resort, which earlier this month announced a landmark partnership deal with ITV Studios, will be the UK’s largest theme park and entertainment destination, covering 535 acres, creating 30,000 jobs and transforming a brownfield site into a vibrant leisure, commercial and employment hub for the South East.

The London Resort is being delivered by London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), which is majority owned by the KEH Group. KEH is funding the initial planning phase of the project, with further funding through a blend of equity, debt and asset finance sources.

The advisory board will comprise;

  • Paul Huberman has over 30 years’ experience advising companies in the real estate and finance sectors. He advises a range of listed and privately-owned companies with wide-ranging portfolios and development pipelines of commercial and residential assets, including Galliard Homes and Town Centre Securities.

    His previous roles include non-executive roles at GRIT Real Estate Income Group and JCRA Group and finance directorships at Asda Property Holdings, Regent Inns and Grantchester Holdings.
  • Alan Crane is a highly experienced and respected construction industry figure who provides consultancy expertise to a range of leading companies. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Building and former Chairman of the ICE Management Board.

    Alan’s 40-year career includes appointments as Chief Executive at Bovis International Group and Christiani & Nielsen Group. He has extensive international experience, is centrally involved on a number of high-profile industry advisory panels and has led a wide range of built environment industry organisations.
  • Alistair Dixon has been directly involved in the real estate industry for over 30 years. He became a founding member of the New York based institution, Bankers Trust European private equity real estate team. Over the next 15 years Alistair fulfilled many different roles within Bankers Trust and latterly RREEF/Deutsche Bank, culminating in becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Global Head of their opportunity fund business.

    Recently, he has advised a number of Asian investors on their European real estate strategies. As Chairman of the Malaysian based advisory group Azimuth, Alistair was directly involved in the origination and execution of some $1.5 billion of acquisitions by Asian clients in the UK market.

Commenting on the formation of the advisory board, Steve Norris, Chairman of The London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), said: “Bringing on board the calibre and track record of this group represents a real coup for the project and a statement of our intent to progress this world class scheme.”

“The combined experience and contacts of the group will provide us with invaluable strategic counsel and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

The new advisory board, join a growing development team of advisors working on the project, including Savills, WSP, BDB, CBA and Buro Happold.