ISG has been awarded a contract to build a planned £40 million new exhibition centre at Kings Dock in Liverpool.
The 8,100 sq m, three hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool will form part of the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
Plans for the ECL along with an integrated hotel will now be put forward for planning permission in March 2013 by the city council.
Construction of the new facilities is set to commence in autumn 2013, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2015.
Plans for Exhibition Centre Liverpool include a public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre.
The three halls will each be 2,700 sq m and will be separated by movable walls. The facility will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125 sq m of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sq m of interlinked 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.
In its first year of operation, Exhibition Centre Liverpool is expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000 visitors. It is estimated that the exhibition and event programme will support 1,300 jobs in the wider economy and contribute in the region of £40m per year in economic benefit to the Merseyside area.
The city council is also moving forward with plans to deliver a hotel as part of the development. A procurement process will begin shortly to identify an appropriate hotel partner to work with the council, ACC Liverpool and ISG to design and construct the hotel element.
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.
Liverpool City Council has been working 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 Liverpool City Council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.
ISG’s North-west managing director Jim Parker said: “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.”