A WESTCLIFF casino is reopening in time for the festive season after being forced to close following the discovery of RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete).
The discovery of this substance at the Genting Casino was part of a nationwide examination of the building material, which was used widely in Britain between the 1950s and 1990s.
The announcement of the closure of Genting Casino, on Western Esplanade, sparked an outpouring of worry, specially from those who had booked festive and charity events at the popular venue.
The casino, which was built in the 1970s, has scheduled Abba-themed Christmas parties and a New Year’s Eve bash as well as often being hired out for charity events.
The casino was pleased, however, to reopen again on evening of November 22.
As a precautionary measure, a temporary protecting ceiling has been installed in the entrance area to allow for re-opening, but the gaming floor and restaurant are unaffected by RAAC
Speaking on the day, a spokesman for Genting Casino said: “We are delighted to confirm that we are re-opening tonight at 6pm.
“We will have our full gaming offer, restaurant, and entrance bar open for you to enjoy. We also continue to expect that our main bar area will be reopening later this month.
“We have hugely appreciated the warm words and support from our customers during this disruption. We know you will continue to be understanding as works continue, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back.
“If you have made a booking for a Christmas party, these are all scheduled to continue as planned and, should you have any questions, our team will be happy to help.
“Thank you again for your patience and we can’t wait to see you back in Genting Westcliff.”
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