Following a competitive bidding process, ISG was awarded the contract to build a £40 million exhibition and events facility on Liverpool’s waterfront.
The BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena are located in the Kings Dock development, which will be part of ACC Liverpool.
The 8,100sq m, three-hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) will be built alongside a city council-developed integrated hotel.
The city council and ACC Liverpool will now collaborate with ISG to finalise the design of the exhibition centre and hotel, with plans due in March 2013. The new facilities are scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, with construction set to begin in the autumn of 2013.
“I’m delighted that we have secured such a high quality contractor for this vital scheme,” said Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson. ISG has a proven track record of delivering large-scale, international projects, and its appointment brings our vision of constructing a world-class exhibition centre at Kings Dock one step closer to reality.
“Exposure Centre Liverpool will continue our city’s transformation into one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale conferences, exhibitions, and events, building on the success of ACC Liverpool.” It will have a significant economic impact on our city, providing a significant boost to local businesses and creating jobs.”
A public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms, and a business centre are all planned for the centre. Each of the three halls will be 2,700 square metres in size and will be separated by movable walls. The facility will be able to host national and international trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts, and sporting events.
It will expand the ACC Liverpool’s existing 7,125sq m exhibition space to 15,225sq m of interconnected and flexible event space. It will be directly connected to the existing ACC Liverpool facilities via a covered link, making it Europe’s only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention, and exhibition centre.
“We are delighted to have been appointed as part of the team delivering this world class venue on Liverpool’s waterfront,” said Jim Parker, managing director-North West at ISG. We will work closely with the skilled local supply chain and provide community employment and training opportunities as part of our commitment to generating a highly positive legacy and maximising the regional economic benefits of this key construction project.
“Being a key player in the ongoing vision for the development of Liverpool’s waterfront is an incredibly exciting proposition, and we are looking forward to the challenge of delivering a venue that will further strengthen the city’s credentials as a world-class business and leisure destination.”
Liverpool City Council has been working closely with the Homes & Communities Agency, the current owners of Kings Dock, to free up the seven acres of land adjacent to the existing arena and convention centre. To facilitate the development, an agreement in principle has been reached for the grant of a long lease.
The facility’s funding is being raised through borrowing supported directly by the center’s revenue, so the project will be free of charge to taxpayers. The city council will own it entirely and it will be managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.