History of ACC Liverpool
Built and launched in time to help Liverpool celebrate its European Capital of Culture title in 2008, The ACC Liverpool Group has already forged an enviable reputation for delivering prestigious events – as its short history will attest.
The ACC Liverpool Group opened its doors on 12 January 2008 with the official opening ceremony for Capital of Culture, launching a year-long celebration and signalling the culmination of a decade of regeneration in the city. It cost £164 million to build, financed by Liverpool City Council, English Partnerships (now the Homes and Communities Agency), the Northwest Regional Development Agency and European (ERDF) funding. It is owned by Liverpool City Council and The ACC Liverpool Group Ltd was set up as a management company to run it on the council's behalf.
Plans for developing under-used land at Liverpool’s Kings Dock first emerged in early 2000. Initial reviews considered a range of options for the site and a concert arena and convention centre facility was identified as most likely to make the biggest impact on employment, the local economy and Liverpool's national profile. Plans were drawn up for the facility's construction, and in May 2005 Bob Prattey was recruited as The ACC Liverpool Group's Chief Executive to lead the building of the team to manage, market and operate the new centre.
ACC Liverpool was identified as key to boosting Liverpool's image as a city in which to live, work and invest. We play a key role in the city's economic growth, actively supporting Liverpool, Merseyside and Northwest-based employees, businesses and supplier base. In our first year alone, we hosted more than 200 events and 618,000 delegates, and made an economic contribution to Liverpool City region of more than £200 million. Since then, we have attracted £1.07 Billion in economic benefit for the local economy.
The Labour Party annual conference, BBC Worldwide Showcase, the Royal College of Nursing Congress and the Liberal Democrats spring and annual conferences have all appeared at The ACC Liverpool Group. The Labour Party are planning a return, while the British Council of Shopping Centres and the National Cancer Research Institute have already been with us more than once. They appreciate all that The ACC Liverpool Group has to offer and have made us their venue of choice for their major events. Read our event case studies here.
The addition of Exhibition Centre Liverpool in September 2015 to existing venues Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre makes the ACC Liverpool Group family the only purpose-built, interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition centre in Europe. The adjoining facility offers ACC Liverpool even more flexible event space. It has taken the venue to the next level, providing world-class conferencing and event management to an increasingly international audience.