Top hotel brand
for Exhibition Centre Liverpool
LEADING luxury hotel brand
Pullman is on-board for Exhibition Centre Liverpool, with the
announcement that an upscale 4 star hotel will be at the heart of
the stunning new venue.
Pullman has hotels all over the world, including all the major
European cities, but only one in the UK, in St Pancras, London. The
Pullman brand is owned by international hotel company Accor.
While Pullman is selected as the hotel brand, Branded Hotel
Management (BHM) has also been appointed as the preferred operator
for the 200 room 'headquarters' hotel integrated into
the £40 million exhibition centre at the Kings Dock.
Liverpool City Council and its partners can now drive forward with
the design and construction of the £26 million hotel, with up to
10,500 square metres of floor space and seven storeys of rooms,
above a ground floor reception, lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting
rooms and gym.
A full planning application for the exhibition centre, which will
form part of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo
Arena-and an outline application for the hotel, was submitted in
February with a detailed application submitted on Monday, 22 April
2013. If planning permission is granted, construction of the new
facilities will commence in autumn 2013, opening for business in
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:-
"Attracting Pullman to Liverpool is a major coup for our City and
another massive step forward in the delivery of our world-class
exhibition centre. We wanted to make sure we were able to bring in a
high quality hotel brand and an experienced operator to match our
ambitions for the exhibition centre, and we're confident that BHM
with Pullman/Accor is the right appointment to enhance the venue's
profile to national and international visitors, as wellas increasing
the diversity of Liverpool's hotel offer. Exhibition Centre
Liverpool is one of my major priorities as Mayor. It will build on
the huge success of ACC Liverpool and help put us in the premier
league in terms of hosting international exhibitions. It will also
boost our economy by £40 million a year. All of the pieces are now
falling into place for this fantastic facility. With the hotel
operator now recruited and the planning application in, we can look
forward to things moving forward quickly."
The selection of Pullman and BHM is another big step forward for the
scheme, following the appointment of international construction
company ISG - responsible for the construction of the 6,000 seat
London 2012 Velodrome - and Denton Corker Marshall, who designed the
Melbourne Exhibition Centre, as architect. ISG has been appointed to
construct the hotel as well as the exhibition centre.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention
Centre and Echo Arena, said:- "This is another significant
step in enhancing ACC Liverpool's offering to all of our client
groups. It is a real vote of confidence that Pullman and BHM have
chosen Liverpool for their 1st new build hotel to carry the Pullman
quality brand. The hotel development will strengthen and complement
our existing hotel offering both on site and across the City to
offer a complete range of star rated accommodation. The introduction
of the 4 Star headquarter hotel will undoubtedly open new markets
for ACC Liverpool."
Andrew Rouse, commercial director of BHM, said:- "We are
delighted to be working with Liverpool City Council and Accor to
operate the 1st new build Pullman hotel in the UK. We are excited to
be involved in such a major development in Liverpool which will also
bring significant employment benefits to the City."
Liverpool City Council is working with the Homes & Communities
Agency (HCA); the current site owners of Kings Dock; on an agreement
to release the seven acres of land adjacent to the existing arena
and convention centre, to facilitate the development.
Funding for the facility is being raised through borrowing supported
directly from the revenue generated by the expanded ACC Liverpool,
so that the project will be at no cost to tax-payers. It will be
wholly owned by Liverpool City Council and the exhibition centre
will be managed and operated by the existing ACC Liverpool team.
tournament serves up training
UNEMPLOYED people are to
get the chance of a free qualification and a job through the
Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.
A partnership between the City Council, stewarding company Control
Event Solutions (CES) and Northern Vision will see those aged over
19 offered the chance to gain an NVQ Level 2 in Spectator Security,
at the Calderstones Park event.
They will be mentored during on-the-job training at the tournament,
which takes place from 20 June to 23 June 2013, and also take part
in 3 days of study for the qualification.
All those who pass the exam will get a guaranteed interview with CES.
They employ over 2,000 stewards and have contracts for many big
events and the ECHO Arena.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, Enterprise and
Skills, said the:- "This is a great partnership which is a
win-win for everyone involved. It gives young people a chance to be
involved in one of the most prestigious events in our events
calendar, a worthwhile qualification and the chance of future
Chris Shirling-Rooke, Director of CES, said:- "This is
a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool, one that we're happy to
support as a local employer. We've found working with the Council
and the Liverpool International team has enabled us to deliver what
is quiet a technical project, with relative ease."
Anders Borg from Northern Vision said:- "We are very excited
and honoured to be part of such an unique and important scheme
through the Liverpool International. The economy is indeed very
difficult for our industry, but by helping unemployed into work in
addition to showcasing what a great sport tennis is a fantastic way
for Northern Vision to contribute to grow the economy."
Applications can be made through Liverpool in Work on 0151 233 5309
/ 4605 or by visiting:-
► The Job Bank, Tunnel Road, Wavertree
► Norris Green Library,
Townsend Avenue, Norris Green
► The Liverpool in Work
office, South Parade, Speke
The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 May 2013.
Bright Club comes to the East
Village Arts Club
AS part of its ethos to
bring a diverse, inspiring and engaging range of arts and culture to
Liverpool, the East Village Arts Club is proudly delighted to
announce its collaboration with Bright Club.
The news heralds a clarion call to the City's academics, its
universities for speakers and local comedians to participate in a
series of forthcoming events which will expand the mind in an
illuminating and humorous way. Bright Club is formed by everyone who
participates in it, and needs people from scholastic backgrounds who
would like to get involved to come forward. This can be talking
about anything from the impact of global warming to the science of
sleep, to what makes the sky blue or why bread always lands
butter-side down; guests can bring any subject they know intimately
to Bright Club's audience.
Bright Club already takes place in over 11 cities across the UK.
Intriguingly titled topics including Bodies, Family, Consequence and
Growth are presented by fascinating speakers including evolutionary
psychologists, mechanical engineers, medieval historians, quantum
physicists, economists, mathematicians, cultural linguists,
philosophers, nanoscientists and many more. Bright Club is all about
edifying fun and inspiring introspection, compered by comedians in
an exciting experiential environment.
The original Bright Club started in London in May 2009, posing the
questions:- "What would happen if we got a bunch of
interesting comedians and combined them with all of the fascinating
people who work for one of the UK's best universities? And what
would happen if we did that combining on a stage, in front of an
attractive and intelligent public audience? And what if we didn't
worry about whether people were famous, or experienced, or had been
on TV, and instead just picked people that we thought were brilliant
at telling stories about what they know?" It's this engaging
spirit of enquiry and developing knowledge which is coming to the
Bright Club needs Liverpool's local university speakers, academics
and comedians to come forward and help create the 1st events.
Training for public speaking will be provided.
For anyone who is interested,
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information to take part in something special happening at the Arts
Club this year.