Hotel and casino planned in Rangers redevelopment


A 140-bedroom hotel and 14,000sq ft of conference facilities are expected to form part of a £120m redevelopment scheme at Rangers Football Club in Glasgow unveiled today.Also forming part of the scheme will be a 168,000sq ft leisure and entertainment complex, including a casino and several restaurants.

The proposed entertainment complex, costing about £80m, will be run in partnership with US-based Las Vegas Sands.Plans for the hotel and conference centre are at an early stage, and no partner has so far been signed up, but a spokeswoman for Rangers said the hotel was likely to be in the ‘three-star-plus’ bracket and have about 140 bedrooms.

It is expected that the operator of the hotel will also run the conference facilities.The redevelopment plan is for the land opposite Rangers’ Ibrox stadium and the adjacent car park. It will also include residential flats, a new community sports centre, a health centre, a health and fitness club and a café.

Plans will be formally submitted to Glasgow City Council and the relevant planning authorities in late spring 2004. If planning is successful, completion of the scheme is expected in autumn 2007.

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