A golf simulator and a rooftop bar are set to open in Merseyside this summer.
The Grand Casino in Southport has been the subject of controversy in recent months after the announcement of a potential 48-storey “Tower of Hope” being built, however, plans now to show that the building will be transformed in three phases. Phase one is hoping to be completed by June this year.
The planning application submitted to Sefton Council has revealed that there will be a bar and restaurant on the ground floor as people go through the main entrance on Court Road. There are also plans for a function room on the first floor and a bar on the second with outdoor seating with a canopy overhead.
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In a 110-page heritage statement submitted as part of the planning application, Nexus Heritage wrote: a bar / restaurant to the ground floor, a function room and golf Simulation area to the first floor (E), a bar and external seating area to the second floor with a covered roof terrace above to occupy the existing flat roof (Sui Generis) , the creation of an additional internal structure within the Auditorium to house ancillary building functions and additional function space. “
It is believed that the second phase of the work will see a wellness center installed at the rear of the building which is shown to be reserved for this phase of planning. in Sketches submitted to the council. The heritage statement also looks back on the history of the building discussing how it was Originally opened as a car showroom in 1923 before being largely rebuilt and repurposed into a cinema.
The Grand Cinema closed in 1966 and became a bingo hall and at some point, it became the Stanley Grand Casino up until 2007 before changing hands and becoming the Mint Casino until trading ceased in 2016. The building was also given Grade II listed status in 2000 .
Clayton Architecture wrote in a temporary design and access statement: “Following full on-site investigations and receipt of all reports a full design and access statement and a separate heritage statement will be prepared and submitted. To confirm it is proposed that all modern additions and the plastic tiered seating installed when the building was converted to a bingo hall is to be completely removed and three stories tiered structure is erected in its place to house the relocated toilet block, new commercial kitchen, golf simulators and provide a viewing gallery over the remaining Auditorium space.
“The new structure will essentially provide a new and modern building core to service the rest of the development and provide the necessary ancillary functions for the historic building to meet new building standards. The entire rear of the building is to have its roof repaired but internally will fall outside of this application and will form a Phase 2 development. “
Earlier this year, Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group confirmed its intentions to develop the site from an empty casino into a hotel, wellness center and apartment block. The initial 24-storey design attracted a mixed reaction but the company is now looking to make progress on its ambitions to build the “Tower of Hope”.