In addition to the Melco-Hard Rock consortium, which eventually signed the contract for the Limassol casino resort, Bloombery was particularly interested in the licensing of a casino-resort in Cyprus.
The foreign company had expressed interest in participating in the process of licensing the development and operation of the casino, which is expected to be Europe’s leading and one of the best in the world, although they never submitted a bid to secure the licence. An idea for Bloombery’s proposal for the casino is given by Vakis Associates, who was named as the architect of the brilliant project by Bloomberry Resorts, a major shipping and hospitality company in Manila, which took advantage of the opportunity to explore the prospect of expanding its presence in Europe and the Mediterranean.
As a proposed casino construction site, KEO’s existing production facility in Limassol, which is close to Limassol Marina, within walking distance of the city centre. Having studied many locations throughout the island, both Bloombery and the design team chose this area due to the continuous growth and future regeneration of the city.
The masterplan included the construction of a hotel and its facilities on a platform covering the entire area, using the street level for access to the public. At the same time, it provided for the establishment of a shopping center with over 100 retail outlets, a gambling hall with 500 gaming tables, a multipurpose conference center, a 1000-seat meeting room, sports facilities (including four tennis courts).
The resort would expand to the sea with a public artificial island that would house the three-storey aquarium, a maritime educational research and exhibition center, as well as a sheltered safe haven for yacht and sea taxis.