Keppie delighted as Aberdeen City Council approve new AECC development

Keppie Design Architects are celebrating as Aberdeen’s Councilors approved the multimillion-pound plans for a new exhibition and conference centre for the north-east.

Members of the Planning Development Management Committee backed the detailed application for the £333million AECC complex – including an energy centre and a 200-bedroom hotel – on the site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn.

The new AECC will be built by Aberdeen City Council’s development partner Henry Boot Developments Ltd and will provide four times the current exhibition space and increase the seating capacity from 4,750 to 10,000.

The attraction, which will be located off the A96 near Aberdeen International Airport, is expected to secure an additional 31,000 business tourists to Scotland and lead to an additional visitor spend of £11million per annum. It is due to open in late 2018.

Richard MacDonald, Director of Keppie Design said:

“Since our appointment in Autumn last year, our committed architectural team have diligently developed the original concept to create a fantastic new facility, which will be one of the leading exhibition concert and conference centres in the world. With today’s good news, we now look forward to realising and delivering this exciting new public project.”

Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said:

“The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will be a state-of-the-art facility that will help to ensure Aberdeen competes with other major cities, not just within Scotland and the UK, but internationally with other global energy capitals.”

Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments said:

“I am absolutely delighted that our plans for the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, hotel and energy centre at Bucksburn were granted full planning permission today by Aberdeen City Council. This is fantastic news for Aberdeen and for Scotland and is a major milestone for this project, which will provide a platform for sustainable economic growth for the area.

“The Bucksburn masterplan will deliver excellent architectural, urban and landscape design, providing a venue which is a key element of the business structure needed to promote Aberdeen as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe. I am now looking forward to construction work commencing on the new AECC building so we can all see it progress over the coming months.”