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Developers more than halfway through £333million AECC construction

Tuesday March 13th 2018 at 11:33 AM

Developers are more than halfway through building the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, it’s been announced.

The £333 million project is expected to be completed next year.

The main building should be water-tight and windproof by the end of next month.

Aberdeen City Council and partners Henry Boot Developments say the hotel building is expected to be wind and water-tight in a fortnight.

The main building is expected to reach the same milestone by around the end of April.

It will contain three conference and exhibition halls – made up of the 12,000-capacity arena, four conference rooms and 15 meeting rooms.

The new facility will offer 6,000 square metres of exhibition space and another 33,000 square metres of subterranean space (that’s around five times the size of the pitch at Pittodrie).

The 9,000 square metre arena will hold 12,500 people when it is finished.

Overall, it will offer around four times the space of the current exhibition and conference centre in Bridge of Don.

The city council estimates the new AECC will drive an extra 4.5 million people to the area, and that they will boost visitor spending by £113 million over the next 10 years.

It is expected to be opened in time to host the biennial Offshore Europe conference, which is scheduled to begin on September 3, 2019.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “This new £333m regional facility is a major component of our Regional Economic Strategy, so it is wonderful to see it progressing so swiftly.

“We are confident that the scale, quality and situation of the new AECC will ensure it competes with the best national and international venues and it will play an important role in helping to grow our local economy.”

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “We see the significant investment in the AECC as vital to the region’s future prosperity.

“Work at the site is continuing at a great pace and I’m always delighted to see the progress.

“We are confident the new AECC will play a significant role in ensuring Aberdeen and the wider north-east continues to compete on a global scale by retaining existing international events as well as attracting new events and major artists.”

Nigel Munro, Regional Project Manager at Henry Boot Developments Limited, added: “We really are at a fascinating stage now, here at the new AECC site, where the shapes of the new buildings have now become clear and things are changing very quickly from week to week as work continues to progress well. I’m really looking forward to watching the second half of the project unfold.”

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