Leeds super casino opens for business

26 January 2017

Fladgate is delighted to have advised on the multimillion-pound Victoria Gate Casino that opened in Leeds on 26 January.

The 1,400-capacity venue, operated by Global Gaming Ventures, is one of the largest casinos in the UK and forms part of a new retail and leisure scheme being undertaken by Hammerson.

The 50,000 square foot venue features a 100-player poker room, 24 live gaming tables, 140 slot machines and 75 electronic gaming terminals, together with the Live Bar, which will serve as the hub of the casino with wall-to-wall screens displaying the latest sports; cocktail, champagne and craft beer bar Curve; and informal brasserie V Restaurant.

Venue director Patrick Noakes commented: “We can’t wait for people to step through the doors and see the spectacular space for themselves. It’s a game-changer – not just for casino fans but for the city as a whole and will provide so much more than just gaming. Our three distinct venues – Live Bar, Curve and V Restaurant – will play a pivotal role in that. Live Bar and Curve have attracted partnerships with Molson Coors and Moët and Chandon to provide a top-quality drinks menu, while V Restaurant will put the best regional produce at the heart of its offering.”

Fladgate’s involvement with the project spans four years following the award to GGV in 2013 of a provisional statement for a large casino licence under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005.  The team advised on the initial site acquisition and the real estate aspects of the £30m financing.

Real estate partner Stephen Lewis led the Fladgate team, assisted by Darran Smith, Gary Smith, Jeremy Whiteson, Hollie Docherty and Chris Farrell.

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