The new exhibition centre at Kings Dock .will be connected to the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena that comprise ACC Liverpool.
The three halls of Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) will cover 8,100 square metres. There will also be an integrated hotel that 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 a planning submission scheduled to be submitted in March 2013.
Construction of the new facilities is set to start 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 2,700sq 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.
The arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125sq m of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225sq m of interlinked event space. It will be directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, via a covered link.
Liverpool City Council has been working with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), which owns the Kings Dock site, 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. It will be wholly owned by Liverpool City Council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.
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.
“It’s all systems go now and I’m looking forward to us working together in the coming months to progress these exciting plans.”