Olympic builders win Liverpool exhibition centre tender

CGI of Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Image caption Work could start on the new centre in Autumn 2013

The construction firm which built the velodrome for the 2012 Olympics is to build a new £40m exhibition centre on Liverpool's waterfront.

Liverpool City Council has appointed ISG, whose 6,000 seater arena was the first Olympic venue to be completed.

The new centre will double the exhibition space at the Arena and Conference Centre (ACC) on the Kings Dock from 7,125 sq m to 15,225 sq m.

Plans will be submitted for the three hall centre and hotel next March.

International scale

Building work could start on the Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) in Autumn 2013 with completion by Spring 2015.

The city council and ACC Liverpool are working with ISG to finalises the design of the exhibition centre and hotel.

ISG delivered their venue ahead of time and on budget.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "ISG has an excellent track record in delivering large scale, international projects and its appointment brings our vision to deliver a world class exhibition centre at Kings Dock a major step closer to reality."

The centre will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.

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