In 2021 a new casino is set to open in Southampton as part of a £450million development.
Council chiefs recently announced that the licence for the new casino has been awarded to Aspers, a company that already run casinos in Northampton, Newcastle, Milton Keynes And London.
New Aspers Casino
The casino will be part of the Royal Pier development that is expected to create at least 180 jobs in the Southampton area and transform the waterfront.
Speaking about the interest in the casino licence, Chair of the Licensing Committee for Southampton City Council, Councillor Matt Tucker had this to say:
There have been a lot of high-quality bids and industry-wide interest in securing the licence for the new casino, the largest in Southampton.
It was a difficult decision to make with stiff competition because of the large number of bids received.
We’ve been able to look at each proposal in great detail and negotiate the best deal for the city thanks to the high-level of competition. Aspers are the operator that we believe can deliver the most.
We’re sure that they will provide a quality and varied offer as they already deliver successfully large casinos in Milton Keynes and London.
The new Southampton casino will be the fifth from the casino group Aspers and the large licence will allow for up to 150 slot machines and 30 roulette and blackjack tables.
Aspers operate two of the largest casinos in the UK (their West Stratford, London and Milton Keynes brands are listed in the eight largest), as well as two others in Newcastle and Northampton.
In June 2014 the turnover for the group rose from £67.8million to £83.6million and visitors to the London casino rose by 5%.
Damian Aspinall, the chairman of the Aspers group is reported as saying
Being awarded the large casino licence for Southampton has delighted us. Of course, we are extremely proud to have delivered the first two operational large licence casinos in the UK and are excited to add a third.
It has also been reported that part of the success of the bid by Aspers is that the casino plans to create a Community Action for Responsible Gambling form to introduce in Southampton.