Vegas style casinos proposed for Manchester and Glasgow
September 16 2004
In Manchester a consortium led by Kerzner International Limited and Manchester-based Ask Developments (and including partners Artisan and MANCAT) has been appointed by the Manchester City Council to develop £260 million casino and family entertainment complex at Sportcity, East Manchester.
The Sportcity complex will sit alongside Manchester City FC and other sports facilities. It will include a 870,000 sq ft complex including a casino, hotel, a 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena and ice rink, together with an indoor swimming pool complex – including an artificial beach and wave machine. The proposed casino is expected to be a themed space with 1,250 slot machines, 50 gaming tables, several bars and a restaurant.The centrepiece of the development is a glass structure designed by Ian Simpson Architects. It will also feature a family entertainment facility, with three restaurants and an international food court. Ask/Artisan plan to build 500 one, two and three bedroom apartments around a new marina with views over Sportcity and Philips Park. The Glasgow casino will form part of the proposed extension to the SECC on the edge of the Clyde.