In October 2013, Henry Boot Developments (HBD) was chosen by Aberdeen City Council to deliver the new AECC at Bucksburn and to redevelop the existing AECC site at Bridge of Don. The AECC is an important part of the City's business and leisure infrastructure and brings tens of millions of pounds into the local economy each year.
THE PROJECT WILL DELIVER A NEW AECC AT BUCKSBURN AND REDEVELOP THE EXISTING AECC SITE AT BRIDGE OF DON.
The Masterplan for the Bucksburn site was approved by the planning authority, Aberdeen City Council, in October 2015. This has been approved as Interim Planning Advice for redevelopment of the site.
Detailed Planning Permission for the new AECC (including subterranean and public space, energy centre, Hilton hotel and associated access, landscaping, engineering works and car parking) was granted by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning and Development Management Committee on 10th December 2015.
Planning permission was granted subject to a number of conditions, covering a range of areas including landscaping, access, noise mitigation, waste management and environmental protection. Further details can be found in the committee report here.
The main contractor, Robertson Group, was appointed in August 2016 and construction work has now begun on site.
Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) has also been granted for both the Bucksburn Masterplan and the Bridge of Don Development Framework. The plans for the Bridge of Don site have been approved conditionally, with permission to be withheld pending suitable arrangements to secure affordable housing and developer contributions relating to primary education, community facilities, sports and recreation, open space and the Strategic Transport Fund.