Following a competitive tender, ISG has won the contract to deliver a £40m exhibition and events facility on Liverpool’s waterfront.
The development at Kings Dock, which will form part of ACC Liverpool, is home to the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
The 8,100sq m, three-hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) will be delivered alongside an integrated hotel which will be developed by the city council.
The city council and ACC Liverpool will now work with ISG to further the design of the exhibition centre and hotel, with plans set to be submitted in March 2013. Construction of the new facilities is due to start in autumn 2013, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2015.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “I’m delighted that we have secured such a high quality contractor for this vital scheme. ISG has an excellent track record in delivering large-scale, international projects and its appointment brings our vision to deliver a world class exhibition centre at Kings Dock a major step closer to reality.
“Building on the success of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool will continue our city’s transformation into one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and events. It will bring major economic benefits to our city, providing a massive boost for local businesses and creating jobs.”
Plans for the centre include a public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three halls will each be 2,700sq m and will be separated by movable walls. The facility will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.
It will increase the existing 7,125sq m of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225sq m of interlinked and flexible event space. It will be directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, via a covered link, making the venue the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.
ISG’s Jim Parker, managing director- North West, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as part of the team delivering this world class venue on Liverpool’s waterfront. As part of our commitment to generating a highly positive legacy and maximising the regional economic benefits of this key construction project, we will be working closely with the skilled local supply chain, as well as providing community employment and training opportunities.
“Playing a key role in the continuing vision for the development of Liverpool’s waterfront is an incredibly exciting proposition and we are relishing 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 site owners of Kings Dock – to release the seven acres of land adjacent to the existing arena and convention centre. An agreement in principle has been reached for the granting of a long lease to facilitate the development.
Funding for the facility is being raised through borrowing supported directly from the revenue generated by the centre, so that the project will be at no cost to tax-payers. It will be wholly owned by the city council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.