Construction has started on a £150 million casino in Birmingham that will be the U.K.’s largest.
The seven-story, 538,000-square-foot Resorts World Birmingham is due to open in early 2015 next to the city’s LG Arena with 170 four-star hotel rooms, 45 retail outlets, an 11-screen cinema, bars, restaurants and convention and meeting facilities.
Owner Genting Casinos U.K., a division of Malaysian resort conglomerate Genting Group, said the resort will create 1,750 construction jobs and another 1,100 full-time jobs when it opens. It also is expected to provide a significant boost to the National Exhibition Centre, which draws 70 percent of its visitors from outside the Birmingham area and 10 percent from outside the country. Economic spinoffs are estimated by PricewaterhouseCoopers at £58 million during construction and £32.8 million a year after the complex opens.
The venue is one of eight large casinos that have been approved by the national government for cities around the country, and will be the first of Genting’s Resorts World chain to open in Europe. Genting operates the brand in Singapore, Manila and New York City. In Britain the company operates more than 40 casinos and sponsors the city’s Aston Villa Football Club in England’s Premier League.