The award winning ACC Liverpool building is located on the world-famous Liverpool waterfront. It is neighboured by the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre.
ACC Liverpool offers the most unique facilities on the continent; the award-winning BT Convention Centre (which houses a 1,350 seat auditorium, 18 break out rooms and 7000 m2 of exhibition space) and the 11,000-capacity Echo Arena are joined by a central galleria which connects the two venues - the only design of its kind in Europe - providing you with a unique landscape to stage your event.
By having the ability to half it’s CO2 emissions, ACC Liverpool is one of the most sustainable venues in Europe. The Complex is equipped with an array of features which control light, temperature and electricity usage and harvest rainwater for toilet flushing, while a crop of turbines on the river generate its own electricity supply. The design, by award-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, has been awarded a string of environmental and architectural accolades.
Building ACC Liverpool came to £164 million, financed by Liverpool City Council, English Partnerships, the NWDA and ERDF funding. The building is owned by Liverpool City Council and run by ACC Liverpool Ltd. on its behalf - A number of senior council employees sit on the ACC board as Liverpool City Council is the sole shareholder.
Opening its doors in January 2008, ACC Liverpool hosted the opening event for Liverpool: European Capital of Culture and has since played host to a string of international events, including the MTV Europe Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Cirque du Soleil, the third Cabinet meeting outside London and conferences as diverse as the Liberal Democrats, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Clinical Biochemistry. The stage has been graced by such stars as Elton John, Bob Dylan and Beyoncé to name just a few.
In 2011, ACC Liverpool welcomed 644,732 people through its doors with 195 events staged in total. Highlights in BT Convention Centre included the Royal College of Nurses, the return of the National Cancer Research Institute and the Labour Party Annual Conference, which saw 11,000 delegates come to the venue over five days.