I recently had the chance to explore parts of the ACC Liverpool Arena that are not often shown to the public. Of course, I took my trusty Fujifilm X100T and conversion lenses along too.
The convention centre has been around for a number of years, although the newness of the building is still there.
Plans for developing under-used land at Liverpool’s Kings Dock first emerged in early 2000. Initial reviews considered a range of options for the site and a concert arena and convention centre facility was identified as most likely to make the biggest impact on employment, the local economy and Liverpool’s national profile. – the ACC Liverpool website.
I was there for some pre-convention work, and took the opportunity to look around. I’m fascinated by large, enclosed spaces and how architects use natural light – along with design features – to create spaces that function in different ways.
The ACC Liverpool facilities
As you walk through the central Galleria doors on the City side, you are welcomed into a light filled, glass-ceiling atrium that is spacious and bright during the day, regardless of the weather.
On the right hand side is the Echo Arena – a large, 7,500 capacity event space that can be configured in various ways. It can provide floor seats, two levels of tiered seating, plus 22 VIP boxes on an upper level.
On the left is the BT Convention Centre which houses an auditorium for 1,350 seats, some contained in rotating drums that can turn on an axis to become smaller auditoria, effectively splitting the area into three smaller conference facilities. Clever design.
Whilst I wasn’t able to photograph all these areas, I did manage to take a few images of lesser seen locations, and have put them into a brief gallery, to follow. Ideally, I’d love to be able to take two days and create some great images of many areas that the ACC Liverpool could use for publicity materials. The design of the building reflects a modern approach that works well alongside more traditional Liverpool buildings, and the interior opens up to some very exciting design features that I look forward to photographing at some point in the future.