Watch: First look at work on new AECC as it passes halfway mark

Work on a new multi-million pound exhibition centre has passed the halfway mark, with the main building expected to be wind and water-tight within the next month.

The new £333 million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) will include three conference/exhibition halls including the main arena, four multi-purpose conference rooms and 15 meeting rooms.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “This new £333m regional facility is a major component of our Regional Economic Strategy, so it is wonderful to see it is progressing so swiftly.

“We are confident that the scale, quality and situation of the new AECC will ensure it competes with the best national and international venues and it will play an important role in helping to grow our local economy.”

The new AECC is due for completion in 2019.

It is hoped the centre, which is near Aberdeen International Airport, will attract major artists and events, while anchoring existing events in the city.

Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “We see the significant investment in the AECC as vital to the region’s future prosperity.

“Work at the site is continuing at a great pace and I’m always delighted to see the progress.

“We are confident the new AECC will play a significant role in ensuring Aberdeen and the wider North-east continues to compete on a global scale by retaining existing international events as well as attracting new events and major artists.”

The new arena’s capacity is 12,500 with an exhibition space of 6,000 sq m – four times the size of the space at the current AECC at Bridge of Don.

There will also be an additional 33,000 sq m in the multi-purpose subterranean space.

The centre is being built by Aberdeen City Council alongside partner Henry Boot Developments, with the Robertson Group as the main contractor.

Nigel Munro, regional project manager at Henry Boot Developments, added: “We really are at a fascinating stage now, here at the new AECC site, where the shapes of the new buildings have now become clear and things are changing very quickly from week to week as work continues to progress well.

“I’m really looking forward to watching the second half of the project unfold.”

Over the next 10 years, the new AECC is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors to the city and £113m of visitor spend.