Concept Designer — Populous
Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) is a new exhibition and event venue located on Liverpool’s famous waterfront. It is the latest edition to the highly successful Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACCL) and will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition centre in Europe. The architectural concept design was carried out by Populous.
The venue has 8,100m2 of exhibition space which is sub-divisible into three inter-linked column-free halls, each 2,700m2 in area, which can be used separately or in combination. One hall has an increased height of 18m to accommodate rock and musical stage shows.
A fully glazed double-height public concourse runs the full 135m length of the exhibition halls and offers separate individual access points to each of the smaller halls. The main entrance to the building is accessed from a new public realm plaza which connects the ECL with the ACCL.
The language and materials of the main façade draw on the industrial heritage of Liverpool’s historic dock structures. The public concourse’s glazed ribbon wall provides the public face of the building and is where all movement and activity takes place as it curves beneath the composed and solid level two plinth.