The new Arena and Convention Centre on Liverpool's Kings Waterfront provides a focal point for the city's Capital of Culture celebrations – and a home for the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize. It comprises a 10,000 seat arena with a very flexible layout, a conference centre with a 1350 seat auditorium and a 7600 m2 exhibition facility.
Large areas of glazing have created a legible and welcoming building with clear views into the building, particularly at night, and views out over the river from within. The building achieved a BREEAM rating of 'Very Good'. Five wind turbines on the site provide 15 per cent of the building's energy.
The Arena has provided Liverpool with another landmark on the Mersey and has been adopted by the Liverpool public with pride.
Client: Liverpool Vision
Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Contract Value: £146m
Date of completion: January 2008
Gross internal area: 41,016 sq m