Contractors invited to bid for Exhibition Centre Liverpool

March 23rd, 2012

Moves to develop a world-class exhibition and events complex on Liverpool’s waterfront have taken a significant step forward.

Notices have been published seeking a contractor for the £40m development next to ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, at Kings Dock, with an investor partner also being sought for a planned 200-bed four or five-star hotel.

The notices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union following agreement being reached with the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) for the transfer of the land at Kings Dock.

It is anticipated that a contractor will be appointed by September, with works starting in autumn 2013 and the exhibition centre due for completion late 2014.

In its first year of operation, Exhibition Centre Liverpool 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 in the region of £40m per year in economic benefit to the Merseyside area.

The 8,100 square metre exhibition centre will be used to stage both trade and consumer exhibitions, as well as large scale national and international conferences with attached exhibitions, large scale banquets and concerts for up to 10,000 people standing.

It will also be directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool via a covered link to BT Convention Centre, making the venue the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition centre in the UK.

Funding for the development is set to be raised through borrowing, supported directly from the revenue generated by the centre, so that the development 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.

“Exhibition Centre Liverpool will add a whole new dimension to the waterfront, “said Councillor Joe Anderson, Liverpool City Council leader.

“ACC Liverpool has been a major success story. Not only has it brought the top names in entertainment and major conferences to the city, it has also injected hundreds of millions of pounds into our economy.

“This development will build on this fantastic achievement.  It means the city will be able to attract major exhibitions providing a massive boost for local businesses. Liverpool is on its way to being a top destination for exhibitions, events and conferences.”

Bob Prattey, Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool, said: “Seeking a contractor is the next step in the development of Exhibition Centre Liverpool and we look forward to the opportunity of sharing this journey.

“ACC Liverpool will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition facility in the UK so this is a sizeable project for us and for the city, all of which will enhance the waterfront.

“The development, with its flexibility, interconnectivity with our existing facilities and progressive technology, will ensure that Liverpool continues to move towards becoming one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and events.”

Deborah McLaughlin, HCA Executive Director for the North West, added: “This major extension to Liverpool’s Waterfront is great news for the city. The plans demonstrate how the use of land and investment can bring about long term economic growth. 

“Together with our partners, we’re committed to boosting Liverpool’s economy by attracting more visitors to the city. This exciting new development provides a great opportunity for a contractor to deliver a world class exhibition and events centre and help create vital new employment opportunities for local people.”


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