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Robertson Construction starts work at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

Main contractor Robertson Construction Group has kicked off work at the site of the new GBP£333m Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC).

The project is a joint venture between Aberdeen City Council and development partner Henry Boot Developments.

Work began after Henry Boot concluded unconditional agreements with the council for the project.

The development won detailed planning permission at the end of 2015 and it is being built on the 130-acre former Rowett Research Institute site next to Aberdeen International Airport at Dyce. Completion is expected in the first half of 2019.

Generating 600 new jobs during the construction period and 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations, the new AECC is a key element of Aberdeen City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan to grow and bolster the Granite City’s economy.

The new AECC has been designed to provide a range of flexible spaces. The main exhibition hall is 9,000sqm and can function as an arena accommodating 15,000 standing or 10,000 seating.

It will allow Aberdeen and the AECC to host a wider programme of larger national and international events, as well as attracting world-class entertainment acts.

The varying activities and occupancy levels require a flexible design, which can easily be operated to meet the challenging requirements of a diverse event schedule.

The arena layout is a contemporary and innovative multi-purpose space. This provides maximum flexibility to host a large range of exhibition, entertainment and sporting events.

The 36,000sqm subterranean space below the main piazza has a dual-function. It provides additional exhibition space for major events, connected to the main building by stairs, lifts and escalators. This space also functions as a car park and is accessed by two ramps capable of accommodating service vehicles.

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