Work has started on the construction of a £150 million super casino in Birmingham at the NEC, next to the LG Arena.
The build will last for 2 years, with the site expected to be ready by early 2015. The Resorts World leisure complex will be 538,000 square feet and seven stories high. It will include bars, restaurants, an 11 screen cinema, 45 shops and a four star hotel, as well as the casino which will represent 11% of the site.
During these tough financial times the complex will bring a welcome boost to the local economy, by creating 1100 jobs when it opens and 1750 jobs during construction. This equates to an input of approximately £33 million a year once it is open, with £60 million flowing into the region during the build.
The Resorts World complex will be owned and operated by Genting Casinos UK, who in turn are part of the Genting Group. They have more than 45 years experience when it comes to gaming and are based in Malaysia. Peter Brooks, the President of the UK Group was there to symbolically start construction along with Datoi Lee, the President of Genting Malaysia, Councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council and Lord Green, Minister of Trade and Industry.