Building work has begun on a new £5.5m pound conference and events venue in Sheffield.
The new venue, the OEC, will be situated in Napoleons Casino and Owlerton Sports Stadium, and was made possible thanks to an investment from the A&S Leisure Group.
The multi-purpose building will be available for weddings, conferences and concerts holding up to 500 people.
Chief executive of A&S Leisure Group, Mark Allen, has said: “We’ve had a vision for this venue for some time now and we’re excited to finally get cracking with the build stage.
“With an excellent reputation for offering great leisure and hospitality at Owlerton Stadium and at our four Yorkshire casinos and restaurants, this multi-million pound development will only add to that.”
Gary Cook, renowned for his involvement at Chesterfield Football Club, has been selected as venue director.
Speaking on this decision, Allen said: “I will help drive our vision forward making the OEC one of Yorkshire’s finest events and conference venues.”
The venue is set to open this autumn.