New images taken inside the new multi-million-pound Aberdeen exhibition centre show the facility nearing completion.
At an event yesterday, Aberdeen City Council chiefs announced The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) is to open in summer 2019.
And the first music act to be confirmed will be revealed tomorrow morning.
— TECA (@TECAScotland) November 7, 2018
The site is being built by Aberdeen City Council alongside development partner Henry Boot Developments (HBD) and Robertson Group.
Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “The progress to the venue is very significant.
“We are also on time and budget for the opening which is excellent.
“When we made the decision in 2015 to invest £333m, we did it to diversify Aberdeen’s economy.
“We believe tourism is central to this – both business and leisure tourists.
“This will be something that will meet the needs of Aberdeen residents while also diversifying.”
The councillor added the exhibition centre will compete on a global scale.
“The first thing you feel in the new centre is the scale of it – you can really see it coming together,” she said.
“It is going to be a great asset for the region and having something like this will attract the best acts in the world to Aberdeen. We also see it attracting visitors from all across the country as well as further afield.”
Progress on the work includes the interiors of the facility being fitted out.
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations are continuing, with the main arena, exhibition halls and conference rooms all taking shape.
Nigel Munro, regional project manager for HBD in Scotland, said: “We started the construction of TECA on July 4 2016 and we are on schedule – we know the importance of getting finished on time.
“The council is hoping that having a top-range venue will mean that some top quality acts come to the city.”
Robertson chief executive officer Derek Shewan said: “TECA will provide a huge boost to the north-east and we are immensely proud to be the primary contractor on this iconic build.
“TECA, and its two on-site hotels, constitute our largest major project to date, and seeing it take shape is hugely satisfying for everyone involved.”
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It was announced last week that comedian Russell Howard was the first entertainment act to book a show at the venue.
AECC and TECA managing director Nick Waight said: “We’re really happy with how our event pipeline is coming on and look forward to bringing some exciting shows, conferences and exhibitions to the north-east.”