Construction work begins at Exhibition Centre Liverpool Building work has begun on the new £40m exhibition centre and £26m integrated hotel on Liverpool's waterfront. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, visited the construction site at Kings Dock on 17 February and was joined by ACC Liverpool chief executive Bob Prattey, ACC Liverpool chairman David McDonnell and ISG Construction MD Alan McCarthyWyper to see the scheme beginning to take shape. The 8,100sqm, three-hall exhibition centre and the 216-room 'headquarters' hotel will form part of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
The Exhibition Centre is being delivered at no cost to council taxpayers. Funding is raised through borrowing, paid for through income generated by the centre. The city council is using this ‘invest to earn’ approach to drive forward new developments, with any surplus ploughed back into providing services. With work now underway, the new facilities are expected to be open for business by summer 2015. “Delivering a world class exhibition centre is a major priority for me," said Anderson. "I’ve pushed this project hard from the beginning, because I know what a huge economic boost it will bring to our city and the jobs it will create. It’s a great example of how we are investing to earn.
“Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the integrated hotel will help us become one of Europe’s leading destinations for large conferences, exhibitions and events. It’s great news for our city that despite the difficult economic climate, we continue to drive forward with delivering important regeneration schemes like this. “I’m delighted work is now underway on this facility – it’s yet another important landmark in the on-going growth and development of our waterfront,” he added. Exhibition Centre Liverpool will have three halls, each 2,700sqm in dimension, and will be separated by movable walls. 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. “It will also feature an atrium, food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms, external balconies and external exhibition space and a business centre,” said ACC Liverpool chief executive Bob Prattey. “It will increase the existing 7,125sqm of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to a total of 15,225sqm of integrated and flexible event space. “In its first year of operation, Exhibition Centre Liverpool is expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000 visitors. The facility will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, large national and international conferences with attached exhibitions, large-scale banquets, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale. “Exhibition Centre Liverpool is due to generate a further £40m in economic impact on top of the £100m generated annually by ACC Liverpool.”