Aberdeen City Council, its development partner Henry Boot Developments (HBD) and main contractor Robertson Construction are in the process of delivering the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) facility at Bucksburn, which will open in 2019.
The project will see the creation of a new arena, conference halls, a subterranean multipurpose space, Energy Centre, Hilton and Aloft hotels, car parking and public space. The existing AECC at Bridge of Don will also be redeveloped by HBD once the new AECC opens.
The new facility is an important part of Aberdeen City Council’s plan to grow the city’s economy. The new AECC is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63m net GVA to the Scottish economy.
It will also create 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations, and over 600 jobs at the peak of the construction period.
The new AECC arena will have a maximum capacity of 12,500, and in conjunction with the conference halls and subterranean multipurpose space, will provide an exhibition space far greater than the current AECC. This will allow it to compete nationally and internationally for new events, as well as by broadening the appeal of the north east to a global audience.
You can find out more about the new AECC, and the progress of the construction work, on these pages.