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Robertson makes a start on Aberdeen’s new £333m conference centre

24 Aug 16 Main contractor Robertson Construction Group has begun work on site for the new £333m Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC).

Robertson contract entails 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.

Developer Henry Boot has now concluded unconditional agreements with Aberdeen City Council for the project, enabling work to get going.

The development, funded by the city council, received detailed planning permission at the end of 2015 and is located on the 130-acre former Rowett Research Institute site next to Aberdeen International Airport.

Completion is expected in the first half of 2019, in time to host the Offshore Europe trade show that year.

The 105,000 m2 complex will include a 12,500 capacity performance arena, extensive covered exhibition halls, a four-star 200 bed hotel to be operated under the Hilton Hotels brand together with an energy centre and 2,500 parking spaces. It will have three times the exhibition space that the current centre offers.

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Henry Boot Developments has also secured planning permission for a further 400,000 sq ft of business park space on land adjoining the exhibition and conference centre, which will be developed jointly with Aberdeen City Council.

As previously reported, Henry Boot’s project manager is Turner & Townsend.

Nick Harris, director of Henry Boot Developments, said: “Following the sod cutting last month, I am very pleased that we are now in a position to appoint Robertson Group as the contractor to deliver this vital project and I am looking forward to working with them over the next three years. We understand how important the new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition &Conference Centre is to the economy in Aberdeen and the northeast and are pleased to be appointing Robertson Group which has close historical and current links to the area.” 

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