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Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Project Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Location Liverpool
Sector Arts & Leisure
Project Value £66 Million
Architect Denton Corker Marshall
Main Contractor ISG
Sub-Contractor Bennett Architectural Systems
CAB member Saint-Gobain (United Kingdom)
System Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling and 451PT thermally-broken framing system, both with narrow 50mm sightlines, are complemented by AA®720 HI tilturn windows

The Exhibition Centre completed in 2015, links to the existing BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena via a 35m sky bridge, and incorporates a 216-room four-star Pullman hotel.

The 87,000sqft steel frame exhibition centre was constructed over two years by ISG to designs by architects Denton Corker Marshall. It has more than doubled existing capacity at ACC Liverpool and features a glazed public atrium with stunning views across the River Mersey and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The glazed façade was the first major project in the UK to use Saint-Gobain Glass’ Cool-Lite® Xtreme 50/22 II solar control glass, one of the most highly selective products in the Cool-lite® range. It’s vital to use solar control glazing in a large glazed façade to help control temperatures within the building and to reduce overheating.

As well as the atrium, the Exhibition Centre features food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The centre is capable of hosting major international exhibitions, conventions, concerts and sporting events.

The Kawneer systems glazed with Saint-Gobain Glass’ Cool-lite® Xtreme 50/22 II were installed by Bennett Architectural Systems on behalf of design and build contractor ISG

Rob Bennett, Director at Kawneer said “the glazed system met the particular requirements of the building including high acoustic performance for the hotel, the site’s extreme environment on the docks along with the challenge of solar gain and large panes of glass.

The construction of the Exhibition Centre has received praise from those involved including Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, who commented “Early stage engagement and excellent levels of collaboration between all project stakeholders have significantly contributed to the successful delivery of key note schemes in Liverpool.”