All the major building structures are now in place for Aberdeen’s new multi-million-pound concert complex.
The 150-bedroom Aloft hotel – part of the new AECC project which includes The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) – has “topped out” with the final beam put in place.
The hotel, just north of the Hilton Hotel that adjoins TECA, will be the first building in phase two of the AECC masterplan at Bucksburn.
The new 12,500-capacity TECA, which is currently being built by Robertson Group, is expected to bring an extra 4.5 million visitors a year to the city and will include two on-site hotels.
The Aloft hotel is the last of the buildings under construction to “top out” and contractors are now moving on to the interior fit-out stage.
Nick Harris, director of development partner Henry Boot Developments in Scotland, said: “The installation of the interiors has already begun at TECA itself and at the adjoining Hilton hotel, so we’re entering another really exciting phase of the project where we see the buildings start to come to life.”
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “It is fantastic to see another milestone achieved at the development.”
He added: “The Aloft hotel is a new brand for Aberdeen and fits with the aims of our regional economic strategy which has internationalisation at its heart.
“The build of the entire site is continuing at great pace and we’re looking forward to watching it progress in the remaining months.”
Robertson Group’s chief executive Derek Shewan said: “There has been significant investment in Aberdeen in recent times and TECA is a major part of this.
“Venues such as this support the increased focus on travel and tourism in the area.
“As a company with its roots right here in the north-east we’re proud of the role we’ve played in making this development become a reality.
“To see all the major building exteriors within the complex complete is a significant milestone and a testament to the Robertson team’s work and project management.”
TECA will take over from the AECC when it opens next summer.
The new site includes four multi-purpose conference rooms, hospitality boxes and 15 meeting rooms.
It has a capacity of 12,500, with an exhibition space of 6,000 sq m – four times the size of the current AECC at Bridge of Don.