EICC gets green light to enlarge

Edinburgh councillors have unanimously granted full planning consent for the
enlargement of the city’s Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

The
EICC is owned by the council and can now move to contract work on additional
function space to open in 2013.

The
planning committee’s vote in favour of the EICC scheme includes a separate
commercial office development the sale of which will largely fund the
extension.

Economic development convener at the council, Tom Buchanan, says:
“The EICC has been central to the regeneration of Edinburgh’s West End
and it is therefore fitting that it will play such a major role in
developing the last vacant site in the Exchange
district.” 

The
EICC has delivered more than £250m to the local economy and the EICC
forecasts the new development will be worth £2.34 billion of new money to the
city over a 30-year period.

EICC
chief executive, Hans Rissmann, says the new space will help maintain market
position “through attracting larger and more profitable events to the city”.

Construction costs for the scheme, which includes a multi-purpose
hall and new atrium entrance, are estimated at £85 million. The EICC will remain
operational throughout the anticipated 30-month build
programme.

EICC’ s
additional function space has been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ’Very
Good’ and the office proposals a BREEAM rating of ’Excellent’ – both with the
view to meeting user, occupier and investor expectations.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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