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Green light for Aberdeen conference centre

Words: Roger Milne

Proposals for a £333 million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) have been approved by the full council.

The council’s partner, Henry Boot Developments, will build the project. It will replace the existing Bridge of Don AECC with a scheme at a site in the Dyce area. The facility will also include two hotels and both an energy centre and an anaerobic digester plant. 

The two hotels – one four-star and the other 3½-star – will provide up to 350 rooms on the site and be operated by a third-party management company.

The energy centre will provide enough electricity, heating and cooling for the entire site, including a proposed business park, while the anaerobic digestion plant will generate an income by feeding biomethane into the gas grid.

The proposed AECC has been designed to provide a range of flexible spaces. The arena is 9,000 square metres and provides maximum flexibility to host a large range of exhibition, entertainment and sporting events. It is designed to accommodate 10,000 people seated and 15,000 standing.

The new complex is to be built on the site of the Rowett Institute in Dyce, while a mixed-use, residential-led scheme is proposed for the existing AECC site.