Liverpool set to be major events front ranker


Ambitious plans to create a world-class exhibition centre and hotel in Liverpool, which will propel the City into the premier league for hosting large scale trade and consumer exhibitions have been given the go-ahead, according to the Mayor’s Office at Liverpool City Council.

Work on the new £40 million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and £27m integrated hotel at Kings Dock will begin in late autumn. The 8,100 sq m, three-hall exhibition centre and the 200-room ‘headquarters’ hotel, which will form part of ACC Liverpool, alongside BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.

ISG, which was responsible for the construction of the London 2012 Velodrome, has been named main contractor to realise the vision of architect Denton Corker Marshall, who designed the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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The integrated hotel which will operate under the Pullman brand and will include up to 10,500 square metres of floor space and seven storeys of rooms above a ground floor reception, lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and gym.

Pullman, owned by international hotel company Accor, has hotels all over the world, including all the major European cities, but currently only one in the UK, in St Pancras, London. Branded Hotel Management (BHM) was appointed as hotel operator in April this year.

In a report on Liverpool CC’s news website ( Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, says: “Receiving planning permission for Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the headquarters hotel is another significant milestone in Liverpool’s development. ACC Liverpool has already generated more than £620 million in economic impact since opening in 2008. This project is further proof that the city means business when it comes to competing with European destinations in hosting major conferences and exhibitions.”

The project will be realised at no cost to tax-payers and will be wholly owned by Liverpool City Council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team. The new facilities will be open in spring 2015.
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