Pullman to open four-star hotel at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Luxury hotel brand Pullman has been awarded preferred status for Exhibition Centre Liverpool, with the announcement that an upscale four-star hotel will be at the heart of the new venue.

The Pullman brand, which is owned by international hotel company Accor, has hotels all over the world, including all the major European cities, but only one in the UK, in St Pancras, London.

Branded Hotel Management has also been appointed as the preferred operator for the 200-room ’headquarters’ hotel, which will be integrated into the £40m exhibition centre at the Kings Dock.

Liverpool City Council and its partners will now move forward with the design and construction of the £26m hotel, which will have up to 10,500sqm of floor space and seven storeys of rooms, above a ground floor reception, lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and gym.

A full planning application for the exhibition centre, which will form part of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, and an outline application for the hotel, was submitted in February with a detailed application submitted on 22 April. If planning permission is granted, construction of the new facilities will commence in autumn 2013, opening for business in spring 2015.

“Attracting Pullman to Liverpool is a major coup for our city and another step forward in the delivery of our exhibition centre,” said Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. “We wanted to make sure we were able to bring in a high quality hotel brand and an experienced operator to match our ambitions for the centre, and we’re confident that BHM with Pullman/Accor is the right appointment to enhance the venue’s profile to national and international visitors, as well as increasing the diversity of Liverpool’s hotel offer.

“Exhibition Centre Liverpool is one of my major priorities as mayor. It will build on the huge success of ACC Liverpool and help put us in the premier league in terms of hosting international exhibitions. It will also boost our economy by £40m a year,” added Anderson.

The selection of Pullman and BHM follows the appointment of international construction company ISG, which was responsible for the construction of the 6,000 seat London 2012 Velodrome and will construct the hotel and exhibition centre, and Denton Corker Marshall, who designed the Melbourne Exhivition Centre, as architect.

Liverpool City Council is working with the current site owners of Kings Dock, the Homes and Communities Agency, on an agreement to release the seven acres of land adjacent to the existing arena and convention centre, to facilitate the development.

Funding for the facility is being raised through borrowing supported through borrowing directly from the revenue generated by the expanded ACC Liverpool, so that the project will be at no cost to tax payers. It will be wholly owned by Liverpool City Council and the exhibition centre will be managed and operated by the existing ACC Liverpool team.

In related Accor news, its Chairman and Chief Executive, Denis Hennequin, has been ousted by the board and is likely to be replaced by a duo.

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