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Southport’s latest wedding venue with sky bar and brewery

Construction work is underway as part of efforts to create a new hotel and wedding venue in a former casino.

The Southport town center development will also feature a mini-brewery and sky bar under plans being carried out by Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group

Formerly known as the Grand Casino, the Lord Street building was last used by Genting before the firm moved to a newer site near Marine Lake.

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Plans to transform the site were announced earlier this year and work on the building is now under way, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The group already has a stronghold on that part of Lord Street, with the company owning Punch Tarmeys, The Bold Hotel and The Lord Street Hotel and is now set to bring one of Southport’s most iconic buildings back to life.

Chairman Andrew Mikhail said: “Bringing fabulous buildings back to life is such a rewarding feeling and a building as stunning as The Grand Casino deserves to be enjoyed by the people of Southport and beyond. The Grand is both Southport and Lord Street’s jewel in the crown.”

He said that it was a sensitive decision to invest in the building “having already invested millions into our current developments in Southport’s Northern Quarter”.

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The building has fallen into disrepair over the years and was reconstructed as The Grand Cinema in 1938 and formerly Richard Woodhead’s car showroom.

Andrew added: “The plan is to create much needed five-star hotel rooms, a wedding venue, Southport’s very own brewery and a new and exciting fun themed bar for all age groups incorporating entertainment for families during the day with a wide variety of gaming , pool tables, shuffle boards, golf and football simulators, tenpin bowling, darts plus much more.

“After 9pm each evening the venue will be strictly for over 18s only, making The Grand the perfect place for a date night or a fun night out with friends.”

At the rear of The Grand there will be a much-needed car park for Lord Street’s Northern Quarter. The Mikhail Group also wants to give Southport one of Europe’s largest sky bars.

Andrew said: “I can’t thank Sefton Council enough, especially Stuart Barnes and his teams, for all their help in achieving the first two phases of investment which has given me the confidence to carry on and we are looking forward to sitting down with all the relevant parties at Sefton Council and getting this final and largest phase over the line. These are very exciting times for Southport town center again.”

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