Aspers has completed a hat-trick of new large licences in the UK with the award of a project in Southampton where it will take part in a £450m project at the Royal Pier.
Aspers beat off competition from Grosvenor, Kymeira Casino, Genting and Global Gaming Ventures to secure the licence. Just as the large Aspers venues in Milton Keynes and Stratford, the licence will allow up to 150 slot machines with jackpots of up to £4,000, and up to 30 tables for blackjack and poker, compared to the limit of 20 machines for a regular casino.
The operator has said it will bring at least 180 jobs to Southampton and will ‘transform the landscape of Southampton’s waterfront’ when it opens in 2021.
Damian Aspinall, Chairman of the Aspers group, said: “We are delighted with the Council’s decision to award Aspers the large casino licence for Southampton. We are very proud to have successfully delivered the first two operational large licence casinos to the UK and are excited to now have the opportunity to bring a third high quality Aspers casino, including bars, dining facilities and live entertainment, to the city of Southampton.”
Chair of the Licensing Committee for Southampton City Council,
Councillor Matt Tucker, added: “”The regeneration of the waterfront at Royal Pier and Mayflower Park has been a longstanding aspiration for the city. The casino will play a big part in making the redevelopment happen. There has been significant industry-wide interest in securing Southampton’s large casino licence from some very high quality bidders. It has been both the largest and most complex competition nationally and I thank all of them for making this such a stiff task to decide.
“Having such high-level competition has enabled us to look at all the proposals in great detail and negotiate the best deal for the city before deciding on Aspers as being the operator that we believe can deliver the most,” he added. “I am sure Aspers will provide a quality and varied offer. They already successfully deliver large casinos in London Westfield and Milton Keynes.”
The Southampton casino is more likely to have a similar footprint to the 36,500 sq. ft. Milton Keynes casino than the 65,000 sq. ft. Stratford site.