Liverpool has moved closer to being home to a new exhibition centre after ISG was selected as the principal contractor for the development.

The company will take on the £40 million project which will see the creation of the facility in the Kings Dock area of the Merseyside city. The construction of this new exhibition centre will form part of ACC Liverpool which comprises of the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena and further provides a boost to the up and coming area of the city. Officials have said that work will get underway in autumn 2013 with a completion date earmarked for the spring of 2015.

Kings Dock has undergone significant renovation over the past decade bringing the riverside area to life. Originally used as a key point for the Port of Liverpool, it has gone through a series of proposals since the turn of the millennium. Among these was a potential new stadium for Everton FC. However, these plans were knocked back after the club was unable to raise the capital needed to make the relocation. Kings Dock is now home to Liverpool's premier indoor arena, Echo Arena, and will be further boosted by the creation of the exhibition centre.

The 8,100 sq m development will incorporate a three-hall facility which will have an integrated hotel providing a key location for visitors coming to the city. ISG was behind the 6,000-seater Olympic velodrome in London which hosted famous victories for Team GB athletes Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. Officials behind the project believe that they have chosen the right company to take the development due to its proven track record in delivering key facilities.

David McDonnell, chairman of ACC Liverpool, said: "Appointing ISG, a renowned building contractor with a strong reputation, will help us develop this exciting project.  We are confident that the company will deliver a fantastic venue which will contribute hugely to the development of Liverpool Waterfront."

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