Construction firm Interior Services Group (ISG) has secured a contract to build a new £40m exhibition centre at Kings Dock in Liverpool, UK.
The 8,100m², three-hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) will form part of ACC Liverpool, which houses BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
Plans for ECL, along with an integrated hotel, will now be submitted for planning permission in March 2013 by Liverpool City Council.
Construction of the new facilities is scheduled to start at the end of 2013 and is expected to complete in early 2015.
Plans for ECL feature a public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre.
Each of the three halls will be 2,700m² in size and separated by movable walls. The facility will have the capacity to host trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.
Upon completion, ECL will increase the existing 7,125m² of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225m² of interlinked event space.
ACC Liverpool chairman David McDonnell said, "Exhibition Centre Liverpool will see us extend our capabilities and allow us to welcome hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to even more events."
ECL will be directly linked to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool through a covered link and is expected to host about 50 events and attract over 250,000 visitors in its first year of operation.
As part of the development, the city council is also planning to build a hotel.
ISG said that a procurement process will start shortly to identify an appropriate partner to work with the company, the council and ACC Liverpool to design and construct the hotel.
London-based Populous has designed the concept and Aecom will serve as the technical advisor.
Image: The 8,100m², three-hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool will feature a public atrium, food and beverage outlets and a business centre. Photo: Interior Services Group.