Building firms have been invited to place bids for a new exhibition centre in Liverpool that is expected to be worth around £57 million.
The space, to be known as the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, will consist of an 80,000 sq ft main hall, plus support areas and an attached hotel, Construction Enquirer reports.
It is hoped a contractor will be appointed by September, with work beginning in autumn of next year for a projected completion date of early 2015.
The building will be next to ACC Liverpool, which is already home to the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
Chief executive of ACC Liverpool Bob Prattey said: “ACC Liverpool will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition facility in the UK, so this is a sizeable project for us and for the city.”
Elsewhere, the publication reported Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Miller Construction have been shortlisted for a £125 million shopping centre project in Barnsley.