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UK – Resorts World Birmingham targets January opening

By - 19 October 2012

Resorts World Birmingham, one of the largest leisure and entertainment centres of its kind in the UK, is shaping up nicely with the latest artist’s renderings showing how the £125m casino will transform the Birmingham NEC site with a 176 room hotel, cinema and a range of food and drink outlets.

The casino is expected to open in January 2015 offering over 1,100 full-time equivalent jobs and bringing £25m a year into the local economy.

Resorts World forms a key component of the Destination NEC strategy which aims to enhance the visitor experience at the site and encourage people to stay there longer.

Peter Brooks, president and chief operating officer of Genting UK, said: “We are pleased to appoint Galliford Try to lead the construction works for Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC. This is a significant and complex development and therefore we required a construction partner with the capacity and experience to manage such a large scale project.”

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 chief executive Paul Thandi said: “The delivery of Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC moves closer with this key appointment. 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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