Programme management of £333m Scottish exhibition and conference centre

We have won a key role in programme managing the master plan development, including the building of the brand new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

The 105,000m² complex which is due to be completed in time for the Offshore Europe Conference in 2019 will include a 9,000m² 12,500-capacity arena, which has the flexibility to double up as an exhibition hall.  

The AECC includes an adjoining four-star hotel, with a further two hotels located adjacent to the main building, which will be developed within the first phase. The master plan for the site allows for future development of up to 60,000m² of offices and 6,000m² of leisure.

The new facility will be fully serviced by an energy centre and anaerobic digestion plant. This will provide a sustainable source of power, heat and cooling for the complex, along with the two further hotels. This will also supply an income stream that will help cover the cost of the development.

The AECC, which will be located off the A96 adjacent to Aberdeen International Airport, is expected to attract an extra 31,000 business tourists to Scotland a year and lead to an additional visitor spend of £11m per annum.

We will be working for specialist property developer Henry Boot Developments Limited who are partnering with Aberdeen City Council on this scheme. We were chosen for our strong track record in successfully completing similar schemes.

We will project manage the first phase of construction and be responsible for the overall programme management of the master plan, which will be built out on the site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn. The institute is relocating to another part of the city.

Director, Andy Outram said: “We have supported Henry Boot throughout the whole bid process with the city council and we’re looking forward to being a crucial partner in delivering this state-of-the-art public facility, which will compete on a world stage.

“Over the next three years, our role will be to overcome numerous challenges including construction so close to the airport, diverting large scale utilities and repositioning three existing watercourses to create a new park.”

Nick Harris, Director for Henry Boot Developments said: “Turner & Townsend has already proved its credentials as an expert partner, and we now look forward to working with them to build a centre that will play an invaluable role in driving sustainable economic growth for the area.

“The Bucksburn master plan 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.”

For further information, contact:

Charlotte Storer
Regional Marketing Manager

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