Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is one of the most eagerly awaited new attractions in any UK theme park. The multi-million pound ghost train resides at Merlin Entertainment’s thrill park, Thorpe Park Resort, and Build Lite is delighted to have been involved in its creation.
The world’s first fully immersive psychological attraction took three years to build, and involved over 100 people in its construction. The 13 -15 minute ‘ride’ involves a 26mtr train, seating 58 ‘passengers’ suspended 3 mtrs above the ground and is a combination of illusion and reality.
Using Virtual Reality, along with real life actors and pyrotechnics, the attraction is housed in a purpose built 2000 sq mtr warehouse and is described as a ghost train reinvented for the 21st Century.
Our client, Salisbury based, B & E Erection Services, had previously created the Shark hotel at Thorpe Park. This time, however, rather than a totally unique design, the project involved the re-creation of an old railway station identical to the one situated at Willesden Junction.
To ensure the new building achieved the appearance of a structure that had been around since Victorian days, the modular steel framed building was then clad with a lightweight brick and stone effect. However, it was imperative that the detailing was as authentic as possible which they were able to achieve with the use of our Stone Coat detailing and GRP brickwork.
One of the major advantages of using Stone Coat is its flexibility and speed of installation. Mouldings can be designed to suit any profile, including a ‘weathered look’ and as they are manufactured off site in our purpose designed factory in South Yorkshire, they are delivered on a ‘just in time’ basis. This reduces the need for material storage areas and a reduction in down time.
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