The final preparations are underway on Exhibition Centre Liverpool in England ahead of its opening in August 2015. The 8,100 square-meter venue will be the latest addition to ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena. It will host trade and consumer exhibitions; large national and international conferences; banquets; concerts and sporting events on a national and international scale.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool will more than double the existing 7,125 square meters at the waterfront complex to 15,225 square meters of integrated and flexible event facilities. The 8,100 square-meter exhibition hall can be used as a single building or divided into three. ACC Liverpool will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, conference and exhibition centre in Europe.
“The construction of Exhibition Centre Liverpool has been a tremendous journey since we announced our plans in 2011 and we are now busy putting the finishing touches to our new venue,” said Bob Prattey, chief executive, The ACC Liverpool Group. “This will allow us to host many more exhibitions, concerts and conferences, all of which will increase the current economic benefit we generate into the city.”
International construction company ISG, responsible for the construction of the 6,000 seat London 2012 Velodrome, is delivering the scheme with Denton Corker Marshall, who designed the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, as the architect.
A series of events are already confirmed including Wounds Expo, which is the first to take place on Sept. 2-3. Other confirmed trade exhibitions include Lift Ex and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers.
“We are excited to be the first event to take place in Exhibition Centre Liverpool and are confident that our exhibitors and visitors will be as impressed as we are with the new venue’s waterfront location and facilities,” shared Laura Denne of Wounds Expo.
The venue will feature an atrium glazed with waterfront views as well as food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms and a business centre. External areas include a riverside terrace overlooking the River Mersey as well as exhibition space that will be used for stand-alone conferences, banquets and events.
An integrated 216-room Pullman hotel will take bookings from January 2016. Both will be interconnected to ACC Liverpool via a pedestrian link bridge.