The event saw the signing and installation of a specially-commissioned steel beam at the highest point of the building, acknowledging the key roles of the major project stakeholders in the £66m development. The beam was signed by VIP guests and features plaques representing Liverpool City Council, ACC Liverpool, ISG and Pullman Hotel and Resorts.
Chairman of ACC Liverpool David McDonnell was joined by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, along with representatives from contractor ISG and hotel operators Branded Hotel Management and Pullman, to watch the beam lifted into place by the site’s 70-metre-high tower crane.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said: "Exhibition Centre Liverpool marks the continued progression of ACC Liverpool and topping out represents the next major milestone in our development.
"We are now less than a year from opening and are pleased with how the project, which is on time and on budget, is gathering pace. Our teams are working hard to ensure that we have a busy calendar of exhibitions, conferences and entertainment events for visitors."
Anderson added: "The new exhibition centre will help secure Liverpool’s place as one of the top visitor destinations in the UK. This great new facility will become the jewel in Liverpool’s expo crown and will further enhance the city’s global events and conference reputation.
"It will bring a huge economic boost to our city and create jobs. It’s a great example of how we are investing to earn to grow demand for the benefit of the people of Liverpool and the businesses which depend on the visitor economy."
Scheduled to open in September 2015, Exhibition Centre Liverpool will more than double the existing 7,125 square-metre capacity at ACC Liverpool. During its first year it is expected to host approximately 50 events and welcome more than 250,000 visitors, with confirmed exhibitions so far including the FPS Expo, MCM Expo and the Allergy and Free-From Show North.
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