Event Solutions: Liverpool opts for alternative energy

A wind farm on Kings Waterfront will power the £146m Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool, due for completion in January 2008.

Liverpool city councillors have approved five 20-metre wind turbines close to a terrace near the Mersey river wall. The virtually noiseless turbines will cause no disturbance to residents or to events and concerts.

The management team at ACC Liverpool aims to prove that sustainability and profitability can be achieved simultaneously. To reinforce its environmental initiatives, the venue will also collect rain falling on its roof space for use in utility blocks around the building, reducing the water needs of the ACC by 7.5%.

ACC Liverpool chief executive Bob Prattey said: "The turbines have been selected after a search for sculptural qualities and low noise output.

It is part of the sustainability measures of the site that also include collecting rainwater for use in the toilet blocks, natural ventilation and a main power plant that is 40% more efficient than conventional equipment, making the most of heat-recovery systems to cut fuel bills."

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