New £333m AECC given the go-ahead by Aberdeen council

Aberdeen council has approved the latest plans for a new £333m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Councillors unanimously backed the business case for the new AECC, near Aberdeen International Airport, with council leader Jenny Laing noting that the new AECC represents a “significant, but very affordable, investment for the city”.

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s managing director told CN: “We are delighted about the City Council decision to proceed with the new venue project. A modern, purpose-built venue with increased capacity for business events will help to anchor key energy-related events such as Offshore Europe, in Aberdeen; whilst the larger 10,000 seat Arena will ensure Aberdeen attracts many more major artists to bring their tours to the city. Our team can now get on with the job of promoting the new venue, and continuing to build the business over the coming years.”

Ed Gillespie, chairman of AECC added: “This announcement is welcome news, both for AECC and for Aberdeen and the wider region. This a tremendous opportunity and we can’t wait to get started.”

The new AECC development, which was at risk of not going ahead earlier this year when the council requested £30m in government funding, will include a conference centre and two hotels. The current site would be used for housing.

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