James Kennard

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James Kennard is a company partner at LDP and has 18 years of consulting experience in all types of real estate but with an emphasis on leisure and entertainment economics. James has worked across the globe, including numerous assignments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as assignments in Asia and North America.

The core of James’ work has included market and feasibility studies, performance reviews, roll-out and expansion strategies, due diligence for sales or acquisitions of individual attractions or groups, economic impact assessments, and strategies alongside retail for a range of attractions including theme parks, waterparks, viewing towers, animal attractions, corporate attractions, family entertainment centres, and arenas and stadiums, amongst others. James has also has completed numerous feasibility studies encompassing large-scale urban and resort mixed-use schemes including commercial and residential real estate uses, hotels and other accommodation, golf, marinas, leisure, and other ancillary leisure uses.

Prior to joining LDP, James spent four years as an Associate Partner at Knight Frank running the residential research consultancy team. He has also worked in the economics team at WS Atkins and was an Associate at Economics Research Associates.

Selected Projects

  • Attractions market gap analysis and feasibility studies for province of Ontario, Canada
  • Europa City, Paris – multi-attraction feasibility study for major new retail destination
  • Feasibilities for major theme parks in Dubai, Netherlands, Greece & Nigeria
  • Feasibility studies for potential new KidZania developments in Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • Feasibility study for Bow Street Museum, London
  • i360 Brighton feasibility for the London Eye architects Marks Barfield
  • Commercial real estate review for hotel expansion in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Due diligence for acquisition for major theme park group, in Europe
  • Large scale mixed-use resort developments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Waterpark and hotel feasibility study for Liseberg, Sweden