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Work starts on Aberdeen's new conference centre

7 Dec 16 Earthworks have started on the new £333m Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC).

Ten months of earthmoving will prepare the ground for building work to start
Ten months of earthmoving will prepare the ground for building work to start

Ground Developments Ltd (GDL) has started a 10-month project of enabling and re-profiling works for the AECC as subcontractor for Robertson Construction.

Soil stabilisation techniques will be used to maximise the re-use of site-won material.

When completed in early 2019, the 105,000 m2 exhibition centre will have a 12,500 capacity multi-purpose events arena and extensive covered exhibition halls. Plans also include a 200-room 4-star hotel alongside, as well as 2,500 parking spaces. Overall it will have three times the exhibition space of the current centre.

GDL has a fleet of plant machinery on the job, including a new 53-tonne excavator bought for the project.

Managing director Kevin Mackenzie said: “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our specialist knowledge and capability to provide a significant programme of enabling works which will include earthworks, groundworks and soil stabilisation on the new AECC project. We’re working closely with the main contractor – Robertson Construction – to handover the site in phased parcels to allow other contractors to begin their parts of the project.

“We will also re-profile the development site to the required design levels ahead of the construction work beginning, and we anticipate that our team will be on-site until early next summer.”

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