[bsa_pro_ad_space id=1 link=same] [bsa_pro_ad_space id=2]

Skip to Content

Operator News

UK – Aspers confirms its commitment to ‘large’ Southampton casino

By - 29 October 2019

British casino operator Aspers has reiterated its long-held desire to develop a casino in Southampton as part of the redevelopment of Royal Pier Waterfront.

Back in April 2016, Aspers was granted a large casino licence, allowing it to open a so-called ‘large’ casino with up to 30 gaming tables and 150 Category B1 gaming machines. Following a legal challenge from a rival operators, Aspers looked set to move on with the project but then Southampton City Council ended an agreement signed in 2014 with developer RPW Southampton to redevelop the over-all pier with a hotel, 730 homes and a gourmet market. Aspers already owns casinos in London, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Newcastle.

Derek Playford of Aspers Universal Limited said: “As the council is only too well aware, we have unfortunately been unable to progress our large casino due to circumstances entirely beyond our control. Specifically, the construction of our large casino is wholly dependent upon the reclamation from the sea of the land upon which it will be built and that work has not yet commenced. We wish to assure the council that we remain as committed as ever to this ambitious venture and very much believe that we will still have the opportunity of delivering this large casino to Southampton and helping drive forward the Royal Pier scheme as a whole.”

The launch of the so-called ‘large’ and ‘small’ casino licences followed the UK’s revised Gambling Act in 2005.

Share via
Copy link