Broken fridges and rubbish surround Amir Khan’s £11.5m wedding venue

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Piles of rubbish dumped by fly-tippers surround ex world boxing champ Amir Khan’s £11.5million wedding venue – completely destroying the luxurious feel of a bride’s special day.

Broken fridges, settees and dirty mattresses have been discarded against the perimeter walls of the lavish Dubai-inspired complex. While mounds of household rubbish lay strewn across the streets leading up to the imposing structure.

Chunks of rendering are already missing from the walls encasing the building, along with damaged brickwork at the entrance to the venue.

The complex – named ‘The Balmayna’ – features glass walls, a waterfall and palm trees inside – along with greenery and a floral design. But the venue, set to open just weeks away in March, is still surrounded by a building site and sandwiched between two car washes – despite its website promising a ‘royalty experience’ and ‘a touch of magnificence and excellence in every celebration’.

Khan, now 37, has been planning ‘The Balmayna’ – which translates to ‘enamelled’ in Arabic – since 2013, with the complex already taking bookings despite its surroundings appearing largely unfinished.

The multi-million pound venture has received a mixed response from residents. Georgina Pickering said: ‘It looks a mess at the moment with all the rubbish around the sides and walls but that will all be gone by the time it opens.

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A new luxury wedding venue owned by Amir Khan has been plagued by fly-tipping

Piles of rubbish can be seen piled up just outside the new luxury venue in Bolton

An old bin and broken fridge have been dumped at the site which is due to start receiving guests in just a a few weeks

The luxury complex comes complete with glass walls, a waterfall and palm trees

A woman and child walk past the piles of rubbish in Bolton near the wedding venue

A filthy old fridge has been dumped outside the wedding venue which is due to open in March

A filthy old mattress and an abandoned suitcase are seen among huge piles of rubbish near the complex

The multi-million pound venture has received a mixed response from residents, with some calling it an eyesore

Chunks of rendering are already missing from the walls encasing the building

Amir Khan – who is married to model Faryal Makhdoom (left) – has built an £11.5million wedding venue in Bolton that ‘looks like it belongs in Dubai’

‘The building is massive – like a giant greenhouse, the like of which you’d see in Dubai – and does look odd next to everything else around here but it’s an improvement on what used to be there.’

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The 23-year-old mum of one added: ‘It’s not to my taste but it will appeal to some.’

Fizal Ahmed, 31, said: ‘I think it’s a waste of money.

‘I have no idea what it will cost to have a wedding there but I’m guessing Amir will need a lot of bookings to pay for it.

‘Just look around at the state of the streets. Would really want to drive through this to get to it? It doesn’t create the best image.’

After announcing that the venue is taking bookings, the Balmayna’s Instagram page wrote: ‘With immense joy, the wait is nearly over! We will soon unveil the grand opening of@thebalmayna, Bolton’s newest wedding haven. A splendid project between Excellency Midlands and Amir Khan, where elegance seamlessly meets excellence.’

But local Iqbal Azal, 40, said: ‘I don’t mind it. Yes, it is big and loud but at least Amir is trying to improve the area.

Khan has been planning to build the venue since 2013 in a bid to ‘make Bolton better’

Rubbish leaks onto the road near to Khan’s new wedding venue, which he has been planning since 2013

The complex has been plagued by fly-tipping before its grand opening in March

Georgina Pickering said: ‘It looks a mess at the moment with all the rubbish around the sides and walls but that will all be gone by the time it opens’

Adam Swindles, 28, said: ‘My fiancé is looking at potential wedding venues at the moment but this won’t be on her list

The insides of an abandoned fridge are seen outside the luxury complex

Khan retired in 2022 after his knockout defeat to rival Kell Brook before failing a drugs test

‘Hopefully, it will create jobs for people living near to it. People have been fly tipping around it and there is litter everywhere so it doesn’t look great at the moment. Hopefully, it will look better when it’s finished.’

Adam Swindles, 28, said: ‘My fiancé is looking at potential wedding venues at the moment but this won’t be on her list.

‘We are having a church wedding and then have the reception out of town.

‘Driving down a side street to get to the wedding venue doesn’t create the best impression.

‘I’d prefer a long driveway leading up to a lovely-looking hotel.

‘Here you are greeted with broken fridges, settees and dirty mattress.’

Khan’s new venue is near two car washes and an auto body shop

The building is seen from the outside, with its presence infuriating locals

Alina Sharma, 32, said: ‘I can see what he is trying to do and the market he is trying to appeal to but I don’t think it works.

‘For the amount of money he has spent, it is the wrong area of town.

‘It needs to be on a large plot of land, away from other buildings.

‘You can’t criticise him for trying but maybe just the venue.’

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