Work has begun on Birmingham’s first £150 million super-casino as leisure bosses have dismissed claims that it will lead to an increase in gambling problems.
Building work begun on the seven storey, 538,000 sqft complex at NEC which will also include a four star 170 bed hotel, 45 designer outlet shops, an 11 screen cinema, bars, restaurants and a banqueting and conference centre.
The complex is expected to take two years to build and is due to open in early 2015. The Resorts World will be owned and operated by Genting Casinos UK.
The president of Genting UK, Peter Brooks, said that “It makes sense to be at the NEC, it already has three million visitors. A concern that people express about gambling is the impact on local neighbourhoods. This is an island site; those reservations around casinos on the high street do not apply here.”
Brooks went on to say that the company is accredited by GamCare and all its staff are trained to deal with problem gamblers.
The new casino will create 1,750 construction jobs and a 1,100 hospitality and leisure jobs when it is completed. It is thought that when operational the complex will create £32.8 million in GVA to the regional economy.