Plans unveiled for exhibition centre in Liverpool

Aerial view of Kings Dock
Image caption It is estimated the new complex will create 1,300 jobs

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."

Image caption Mr Anderson said the development was an "exciting project"

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.

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