New casino set for Middlesbrough
A Middlesbrough leisure complex has been awarded a large casino licence.
The £25m project, which is being overseen by Stockton-based Jomast Developments, has received one of eight large licenses available in the UK.
The development is set to turn the vacant Gurney House building and adjoining car parks into a complex boasting hotels, restaurants and a casino.
A casino operator is being sought to run the venue, with Jomast confirming they have received expressions of interest.
The developers are preparing a planning application for the overall project, with a public consultation in the pipeline before the final submission. The company hope to begin the first phase of the scheme in early 2013 and it is anticipated the complex would create 300 jobs.
Development director Adam Hearld says the project would have "far reaching benefits".
A total of eight large and eight small UK casino licences were permitted by the government as part of the Gambling Act 2005.