ACC Liverpool’s exhibition centre development goes out to tender

ACC Liverpool gone to tender for the £40m development of its new purpose-built exhibition centre, which will
sit next to the ACC’s BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena at Kings Dock.

 
Notices
have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union
seeking a contractor to develop Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
The tender follows an agreement reached with the Homes and Community
Agency for the transfer of the land at Kings Dock.
 
ACC Liverpool announced plans to build the £40m exhibition centre in March 2011 after securing funding
from Liverpool City Council. The venue will be wholly owned by
Liverpool City Council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.
 
A
contractor is expected to be appointed by September, with work starting
in autumn 2013. The Exhibition Centre is due to completed in late 2014
and encompasses 8,100sqm, which can be divided into three separate
2,700sqm halls.
 
“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 CEO Bob Prattey
said.
 
“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 Liverpool continues to move towards
becoming one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale
conferences, exhibitions and events.”
 
ACC hopes to attract 50
events and 250,000 visitors as a result of the new facility, and
estimates the exhibition and event programme will support 1,300 jobs in
the wider economy and contribute £40m each year in economic benefit to
the Merseyside area.
 
The venue has also published a separate notice seeking an investor for a 200-bed four or five-star hotel planned onsite.
 
“Exhibition
Centre Liverpool will add a whole new dimension to the waterfront,”
continued Liverpool City Council Leader Joe Anderson. “ACC Liverpool has
been a major success story. Not only has it brought top names in
entertainment and major conferences to the city, it has also injected
hundreds of millions of pounds into our economy.
 
“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.”
 
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