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Desert luxury inspires super casino scheme in Blackpool


BLACKPOOL pushed its bid to host the UK's first super casino this week as it unveiled plans for a luxury £350 million casino complex designed to mirror Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel.

The move coincided with the Casino Advisory Panel publishing its latest recommendations for where the super size regional casino should be located.

The panel issued a provisional list of areas last month and on Monday it confirmed the rankings for the sites. The Millennium Dome came top, with Glasgow and Blackpool second and third.

Plans for Blackpool include an 8 ha conference and casino quarter, centred around a 30storey five star hotel with a viewing platform overlooking Morecambe Bay.

Designed by Gensler Architects, the scheme is being worked up by local regeneration agency ReBlackpool.

The plans will be submitted for outline planning approval in early August.

A spokeswoman for the architect said: 'The designs will be put on public exhibition and then will be submitted to the Casino Advisory Panel in September. It is a still a lengthy process, but we are working very closely with ReBlackpool to finalise the designs.'

The eight areas with the highest panel scores - Greenwich, Glasgow, Blackpool, Sheffield, Brent, Newcastle, Cardiff and Manchester - will now go forward for further evaluation.

A winner will be announced early next year.