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NEC Group backs area for Edinburgh

6 December 2019

PLANS FOR an 8,000-capacity area in Edinburgh have been revealed, with  Birmingham-based NEC Group partnering with leisure and sports consultancy Lothian Leisure Development (LLD).

The companies have secured a 30-acre site in Straiton, outside of Edinburgh, with the development including conference, retail outlets, a cinema and two hotels.

NEC Group operates Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena (cap. 15,685) and Arena Birmingham (15,800).

“We host over 700 events per year in the Birmingham area and have always planned to take our successful events model to new cities with the backing of our majority shareholder [equity investment firm] Blackstone,” says NEC Group chairman of arenas Phil Mead.

“Edinburgh is well known for its wonderful cultural offering, but remains one of the only European capital cities without an indoor arena and so we’re excited by the thought of being able to bring some big names in entertainment to the region.”

LLD is working to secure funding for the development phase of the project, with hopes to submit a planning application by the end of 2020.

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