The Sawclose development has now received planning consent and work is expected to begin in June 2015.

Global Gaming Ventures wins the Bath & North East Somerset Council Casino Competition

The Council has announced the successful applicant in the competition for the sole casino in the city.  The Council’s Licensing Committee resolved on 9 August 2012 to grant a Provisional Statement with conditions to Global Gaming Ventures Limited (GGV) whose casino operator is Groupe Partouche, Europe's largest casino group.  This will enable GGV to apply for a small casino premises licence in due course.

The new casino development will be designed by Aaron Evans Architects Limited and will be located on the site of the former Saw Close Clinic and Gala Bingo Hall in Saw Close.  It will provide not only gaming tables and machines, but also food, beverage and entertainment.  The winning bid was judged to provide the best all round package to Council’s area and marks the end of the competition process which started with four initial proposals in 2010 and finished with two final applicants.  The process involved the submission of detailed plans and proposals against a comprehensive evaluation framework established by the Committee and its advisors.

The decision made was based on five strict criteria: a clear and proven financial ability and commitment to deliver scheme in its totality; prevention, monitoring and safeguards against problem gambling and the protection of the young and vulnerable; financial terms that benefit the area of Bath & North East Somerset Council and therefore its community; an imaginative, yet realistic approach to creating a sustainable leisure and entertainment destination; and a commitment to maximise job creation opportunities.

The award is subject to the terms of an agreement that will guarantee the delivery of the following benefits:

  1. £250,000 lump sum payment and a minimum payment of £15,000 per calendar month to the Council in order to support local communities with new initiatives.
  2. 78 full time casino jobs, 3 full time apprenticeships, 17 job/training opportunities to be provided to Bath & North East Somerset Council candidates nominated by The Learning Partnership.  Full time training courses for casino employees.
  3. 120 construction jobs/apprenticeships on commencement of the development – 95% of net new jobs to come from Bath & North East Somerset Council residents.  Jobs to be provide for a minimum of 10 unemployed Bath & North East Somerset Council residents and 10 apprenticeships to Bath & North East Somerset Council residents to be delivered locally.
  4. The provision of a full time gambling addiction programme which will have a wider benefit of addressing this problem not just in realtion to a casino.
  5. Development supply chain opportunities to be first offered to Bath & North East Somerset Council businesses.
  6. All reasonable endeavours to be used to prepare a hotel operator to provide a 4 star boutique hotel with a minimum of 65 rooms.
  7. Commitment to work with Bath & North East Somerset Council Public Realm and Movement Strategy Team working towards consolidating and extending the East West Leisure Axis.  

The project will be developed by Deeley Freed Estates Limited, a highly regarded West Country company with a long and distinguished track record of working with Bath & North East Somerset Council to deliver quality projects in the region on a punctual and professional basis.

The professional team supporting the development consists of Aaron Evans Architects Limited, Clarke Bond (structural engineers), Cyril Sweet (quantity surveyors), Jones Lang La Salle (project managers), White Young Green (planning consultants), IMA (highways engineers), Cotswold Archaeology, Nicholas Pearson (landscape architects), JMP Consultants (transport planners), Chris Wilkinson Associates (demographic consultants), and Fuse Studios (interior designers).

It is anticipated that the new small casino will open in 2016.

Details of the process can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/casino.

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