Project to complete in 2019

Turner & Townsend secures masterplan deal for AECC

Aberdeen Conference Centre

Global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has been awarded the contract to manage the entire £333 million project to build the Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre.

The company will programme manage the masterplan development which includes the 105,000sqm complex – due to be completed in time for the Offshore Europe Conference in 2019.

It will include a 9,000sqm 12,500-capacity arena, which has the flexibility to double up as an exhibition hall.

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), includes an adjoining 4-star hotel, with a further two hotels located adjacent to the main building, which will be developed within the first phase. The masterplan for the site allows for future development of up to 60,000sqm of offices and 6,000sqm of leisure.

The facility will be fully serviced by an energy centre and anaerobic digestion plant. This will provide a sustainable source of power, heat and cooling for the complex, along with the two further hotels. This will also supply an income stream that will help cover the cost of the development.

The AECC, which will be located off the A96 adjacent to Aberdeen International Airport, is expected to attract an extra 31,000 business tourists a year to Scotland and lead to an additional visitor spend of £11million a year.

Turner & Townsend, which has worked on similar schemes, will be working for specialist property developer Henry Boot Developments which is partnering with Aberdeen City Council on the scheme.

The consultancy will project manage the first phase of construction and be responsible for the overall programme management of the masterplan, which will be built out on the site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn. The Institute is relocating to another part of the city.

Andy Outram, Director for Turner & Townsend, said: “We have supported Henry Boot throughout the whole bid process with the city council and we’re looking forward to being a crucial partner in delivering this state-of-the-art public facility, which will compete on a world stage.

“Over the next three years, our role will be to overcome numerous challenges including construction so close to the airport, diverting large scale utilities and repositioning three existing watercourse to create a new park.”

Nick Harris, Director for Henry Boot Developments said: “Turner & Townsend has already proved its credentials as an expert partner, and we now look forward to working with them to build a centre that will play an invaluable role in driving sustainable economic growth for the area.

“The Bucksburn masterplan will deliver excellent architectural, urban and landscape design, providing a venue which is a key element of the business structure needed to promote Aberdeen as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe.”

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