Plans unveiled for exhibition centre in Liverpool
Plans have been unveiled for a £40m exhibition complex on Liverpool's waterfront.
The development, next to the arena and convention centre, would create 1,300 new jobs and include halls, a hotel, restaurants and bars.
The King's Dock attraction would host 50 events in its first year.
Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson said: "It's a really exciting project which will deliver a major boost to the city's economy."
He added: "We have to turn down a lot of conferences and there are a lot of people asking for exhibition space alongside the conferences.
"So this puts us on a level playing field with the rest of the UK and allows us to compete."
Businesses and residents will be consulted before a planning application, expected to be submitted in March 2012.
If given the go-ahead work on site would start in early 2013 and the complex would open for business by September 2014.
Funding would come from a partnership of Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool, which owns and run the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
A 200-bed four or five-star hotel is included in the development plans, but would be funded separately through the private sector.