Second casino on cards for city cent


ANOTHER casino is set to open in Sheffield city centre.

The largest operator in the UK, Genting Casinos, is preparing to move into a vacant unit under the Q-Park ‘cheesegrater’ car park at the corner of Arundel Gate and Charles Street.

It follows plans submitted last June by Brook Leisure to convert the former National Union of Mineworkers headquarters next to the City Hall into an entertainment complex including a casino.

Birmingham-based Genting is aiming to raise the stakes by launching by the summer of next year with a venture, including bars and restaurants, that will create more than 120 jobs.

The Arundel Gate premises received council permission for a casino almost six years ago, but the ambitions of Stanley Leisure for the site failed to materialise.

Then an application for a Gatecrasher nightclub was rejected because of the disturbance that would be caused to residents of nearby apartments.

Now preparations are being finalised by Genting, which trades under the brands of Mint, Maxims and Circus outside London, and runs the largest casino in the UK, Circus Casino, in Birmingham.

It is intended to locate the Sheffield casino in the basement and first floor of the building, with a restaurant above that would open on to St Paul’s Square, between the Winter Garden and the Peace Gardens.

Planning details are being considered by the council, but, in particular, it is expected to welcome the prospect of extra life being added to the square, which is currently something of a backwater.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We are delighted to be opening a new Genting Casino in Sheffield and look forward to bringing a new leisure destination to the city.

“It will include several bars, restaurants and other entertainment facilities, and is designed to provide a complete leisure experience for Sheffield residents and visitors alike.”

Sheffield-based architects Melling Ridgeway and Partners are working on the project.

In a submission to the council, they say: “After many years of the site laying dormant, it is considered that incorporating the existing casino use from the basement area with the restaurant use off St Paul’s Square as a single development with three separate entrances will both revitalise this building in Sheffield city centre and act as a catalyst for future development.