Manchester council has appointed a consortium led by Kerzner International and Ask Developments to develop a £260m casino and an entertainment centre at Sportcity in east Manchester. Ian Simpson Architects will design the complex at Sportcity, already the home of Manchester City FC. It will include a hotel, a 4000-seat arena and ice rink, and an indoor swimming pool with an artificial beach and wave machine. The facility will create 1100 full-time jobs and 400 part-time jobs. The consortium also includes QS Davis Langdon. The first phase of the building work will be residential, with a start on site planned for August 2005.