ACC Liverpool has confirmed the first conference for its new multi-million pound exhibition centre.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, set to be the newest facility of its kind in the UK, will host RenewableUK in October next year.
The waterfront venue will welcome more than 4,500 delegates, 250 exhibitors and 190 speakers to the three day event. RenewableUK is the UK's leading not for profit renewable energy trade association.
In June 2011 ACC Liverpool hosted RenewableUK Offshore Wind - now Exhibition Centre Liverpool will accommodate RenewableUK’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event will take place in the new centre as well as the upper level of BT Convention Centre.
Garth Halliday, director of events, marketing and membership at RenewableUK, said: “We had a positive experience when we held our event in 2011 with strong delegate feedback. Although we love the city and the venue we found that ACC Liverpool was unable to accommodate our expanding exhibition.
“The addition of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will allow us to return to the city next year. The team has kept us informed with their plans for the centre and we are confident that delegates and exhibitors will be impressed. We are pleased that RenewableUK Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 will take place in a new complex in a stunning location.”
The £40m centre will include a £26m integrated 4-star 216 room headquarters hotel. Both will be interconnected to ACC Liverpool, which currently comprises BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, via a pedestrian link bridge.
The arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125m² at ACC Liverpool to 15,225m² of integrated and flexible event facilities. It will feature an atrium glazed with waterfront views, food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms, external balconies and exhibition space and a business centre. The hotel will include up to 10,500m² of floor space and seven storeys of rooms above a ground floor reception, lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and gym.
Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: “Exhibition Centre Liverpool will enable us to host large national and international conferences – from new events to those which have already taken place at ACC Liverpool but need to migrate in the future. Our new facility will allow conferences to expand as we do and we look forward to a successful RenewableUK conference in 2015.”
Exhibition Centre Liverpool will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions; large scale banquets; concerts and sports events. In its first year of operation, it is expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000 visitors.