NEC Casino work set to start

By Chris Willmott Thursday 18 October 2012 Updated: 24/10 14:31

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LONG-AWAITED work on the £125 million leisure and entertainment complex at the NEC is due to start this month - it was announced this week.

Resorts World Birmingham - which will incorporate a large casino, a 176-bed four/five star hotel, a factory outlet centre, cinema, conference facilities to be operated by the NEC Group and a range of food and beverage outlets.

Genting UK - the firm behind what will be one of the largest integrated leisure and entertainment complexes to be developed in the UK - has now appointed Galliford Try plc as contractor for the scheme and the firm is due to start work any day now, with completion due in January 2015.

Around 1,750 full time jobs will be created during the construction phase of the complex.

When fully operational, Resorts World will create over 1,100 full time jobs.

Commenting on the appointment, Galliford Try Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “This contract represents a significant success for our business in a difficult market for construction.

"We are delighted to be working with Genting UK and now look forward to starting on site on what will be one of the most prestigious projects in the Midlands in recent times.”

NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi added: "The scheme will be a ground-breaking addition to the NEC site and we are delighted that Genting UK has chosen a construction partner of the calibre of Galliford Try to deliver Resorts World.”

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