A state-of-the-art exhibition and events complex is to be built on the Liverpool waterfront, creating hundreds of jobs and delivering a shot in the arm to the city’s economy.
The new venue is set to be built by a partnership of Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena. The facility, which will be adjacent to ACC Liverpool on the Kings Dock, will cost in the region of £40m and be open for business in 2015.
In its first year of operation, it is expected to host about 50 events and attract some 250,000 visitors. It is estimated that the exhibition and event programme will support 1,300 jobs in the wider economy and contribute an estimated £40m per year to the city region.
The arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125 sqm of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of integrated and flexible event space. It will be directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, via a covered bridge link, making the venue the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.
It will be used to stage both trade and consumer exhibitions, as well as large national and international conferences with attached exhibitions, large scale banquets and concerts with a standing capacity of up to 10,000.
The city council is also moving forward with its plans to deliver a hotel as part of the development. A procurement process is now underway to identify an appropriate hotel partner to work with the council and ACC Liverpool.
The integrated hotel will play a key role in attracting national and international events to ACC Liverpool and will support the wider hotel economy in the city.