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June 17, 2021

The site had been earmarked for the country’s first super casino

Las Vegas-style entertainment centre scheme for Manchester

(UK).- BDP, the largest interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists in Europe, is understood to be behind plans to build a us$ 831 million Las Vegas-of-the-north next to Manchester City’s Eastlands football ground.

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he top-secret proposals would see the Premiership club’s billionaire Arab owner Sheikh Mansour buy the stadium and the surrounding land to build a massive entertainment and leisure centre, which could include a theme park, luxury hotels and a casino.

The site had been earmarked for the country’s first super casino, designed by Ian Simpson Architects, but the proposals were scrapped in February 2008 in an early move by Gordon Brown after he became Prime Minister. It is believed that Simpson was also in the running for the new scheme.

Neither BDP nor the football club denied the story, however Manchester City Council told the AJ that ‘no discussions [had] taken place about these issues.’ The club has made no secret about its plans to expand the ground’s current 48,000 capacity to nearer 60,000.

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