"We're planning what we should build on the back."
Boxer Amir Khan has revealed that the development delays at his £5 million Bolton wedding venue were caused by “unprofessional management”.
Initial construction work had been completed in 2015, however, the project has remained unfinished.
Amir had asked fans on social media what they think should be done with the site.
He suffered a setback in March 2019 when a fire engulfed building materials. It was believed that the fire was deliberate.
On August 28, 2020, Amir and his wife Faryal Makhdoom posed on the roof of the wedding hall and asked for suggestions on what to build on the land surrounding the facility.
He has said that the venue will be Britain’s first “one-stop wedding mall”.
It will contain 18 wedding retail units, three wedding halls for receptions, several restaurants and a rooftop shisha bar.
Amir wrote on social media: “Me and Faryal Makhdoom on the rooftop lounge balcony of our wedding hall in Bolton.
“We’re planning what we should build on the back. We have 4 acres of land. Send me your ideas?”
Amir Khan had initially hoped to have the project completed in August 2020 and create new jobs.
However, it will now open in March 2021. The former world champion boxer said that the planned completion date was pushed back due to “unprofessional management”.
“I know it’s taken a little longer than it should have to finish, due to unprofessional management, it was out of my hands then.”
“But now I’m fully involved I’ve given it to a new team, 7 months to finish all the interior and being furnished so we can all use this amazing building.
“AK x FMK x Bolton.”
In November 2019, Amir revealed his plan for a wedding hall inside the building.
A spokesperson said at the time: “Amir is finishing off the wedding hall and we are hoping to have it all complete by August 2020.”
Amir posted a picture with Bolton Council planning chief Paul Whittingham following a “fantastic” meeting between the pair.
The spokesperson added: “Amir will see the job through and is overwhelmed by the support of all the local community.”
This comes after it was revealed that Amir and Faryal would have their own reality TV show.
In the BBC Three show, the couple will give fans an insight into their lives.
Meet the Khans: Big in Bolton will see the couple juggle their careers and relationship while raising their three young children.
The new eight-part series was announced at a session for Edinburgh TV Festival. It will air on BBC Three in spring 2021.
BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell said: “It’s about family and struggles and relationships.
“It epitomises what BBC Three wants to be. It’s going to be really cool.”