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St. Modwen has received planning approval for a £15 million new casino, hotel and office development in Oldbury, which will act as the catalyst for the creation of approximately 120 jobs at the casino alone.

Situated off the Birchley Island roundabout at junction 2 of the M5 motorway, the development will span just over 2.5 acres of land and include a 24,000 sq ft casino and entertainment complex. An 80-bed hotel and 5,382 sq ft of office space across two linked two-storey office buildings, has also been approved for the site.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “We have been working closely with Grosvenor Casinos and Sandwell Council to create a landmark building for the Birchley Island site which will help boost the local economy and deliver a vibrant destination at the gateway to Oldbury.

“We believe that this development will stimulate further regeneration on the site which will attract further inward investment benefitting both the immediate location and the wider region. Furthermore, in addition to the employment opportunities created by the new facilities on the completed development, jobs will also be created in construction and other related industries throughout the construction period.

“With planning approval now granted, we are committed to moving forward swiftly with this development and construction is expected to commence on the site this summer.”

Richard Edwards, Operations Director for Grosvenor Casinos comments: “We’re very pleased to see the progress that this development is making. The G Casino, which is planned for this site, is an exciting concept whereby we put as much emphasis on the non-gaming elements as we do the gaming. This includes a great bar, live entertainment and a great value restaurant. The casino will not only create a large number of new jobs within the area but it will also offer the people of Oldbury another exciting option for a night out”.