PLANS for a new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre have been approved today.
Councillors gave the AECC proposals, including an energy centre and a 200-bedroom hotel, the green light as part of a £333 million complex on the site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn.
The new centre will be built by Henry Boot Developments and will provide four times the current exhibition space.
Seating capacity at the 45,000sqm attraction will be 10,000, an increase from 4,750, and it is due to open in late 2018.
The council’s convener of planning development management, Ramsay Milne, welcomed the decision.
He said: “The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will be a state-of-the-art facility that will help to ensure Aberdeen competes with other major cities, not just within Scotland and the UK, but internationally with other global energy capitals.”
Nick Harris, director of Henry Boot Developments, hailed its potential economic benefits.
He said: “Over the next 10 years, the new AECC is expected to create hundreds of jobs, attract major artists to the city, and contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63 million net gross value added to the Scottish economy.”
A separate application for planning permission in principle to build around 498 residential units with commercial space, a recycling centre and a park-and-ride facility on the existing AECC site at Bridge of Don was also conditionally approved.
The proposal will be subject to one or more further planning applications.