Work to create a new exhibition and conference centre for Aberdeen has begun.
The project is a joint venture between Aberdeen City Council and development partner Henry Boot Developments who appointed Keppie Design as architects in 2015.
The scheme will also include an energy centre and three hotels on the former site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn.
The new exhibition and conference centre will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current AECC, and increase the maximum capacity to 12,500 in the arena.
Council Leader Jenny Laing said:
“The City of Aberdeen is currently undergoing one of the largest regeneration programmes in its history. The new venue will ensure that Aberdeen retains events such as Offshore Europe which brings £140m to the local economy while securing new events for the city. It will provide a step change for the future by providing a modern and fit-for-purpose facility, which will be the most sustainable of its kind in the UK.”
The new exhibition and conference centre is due to open in 2019.