PROPOSALS to build a new £333 million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre could take a step forward next week.
A decision is set to be made on the proposals at the city council’s planning development management committee on Thursday.
Planners have recommended approving proposals to demolish all the existing buildings at the Rowett Research Institute site in Bucksburn to construct the 45,000sqm exhibition and conference centre.
The plans, tabled by Henry Boot Developments, have been backed subject to conditions including the council securing financial contributions towards local road network improvements.
The scheme also include office space, hotel space and an energy centre.
The project, if approved by councillors, will provide four times the current exhibition space.
The venue is projected to secure an additional 31,000 business tourists and lead to an additional £11m of visitor spend per annum.
A report to members of the planning development management committee said: “The approved Rowett North Masterplan recognises the significant potential an AECC and associated development would bring: including significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the whole community of Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland.
“It would bring significant long term benefits to the economy of Aberdeen, in particular through the potential to attract larger major events and performers.”