UK property developer Henry Boots Developments and joint venture partner Aberdeen City Council has appointed contractor Robertson Group to deliver the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
The multi-million pound contract will entail site preparation works, including ground and infrastructure works, as well as building the new arena and conference centre and one of the three on-site hotels.
The new AECC will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current AECC, and increase the maximum capacity to 12,500. The new facility is a key element of Aberdeen City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan to grow the city’s economy.
Creating over 600 new jobs, the construction period will commence in August 2016 and completion is expected in 2019.
Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments said: “We understand how important the new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is to the economy in Aberdeen and the North East and are pleased to be appointing Robertson Group which has close historical and current links to the area.”
Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Work on the site should really advance now that a contractor has been appointed and it will be exciting to see the development take shape over the coming months.
“The new AECC is a vital part of ensuring Aberdeen can compete on a global basis with other major cities and also for its future prosperity as it will attract bigger names in entertainment, as well as more international events and conferences.”
Bill Robertson, executive chairman of Robertson Group said: “Robertson has had a base in Aberdeen for over 25 years so we understand the local area. We will focus, where possible, on local employment, the local supply chain and working in partnership with the communities in the local area.”
The new AECC is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113m visitor spend and £63m net GVA to the Scottish economy.
It will also result in the creation of 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.