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Aberdeen events complex ready to open doors to the world

Ready for action: the build team marks the opening of TECA

Henry Boot Developments and Robertson have completed work on The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) – the largest new entertainment complex in Europe and the largest ever project for both firms.

The £333 million complex, which includes a 15,000 capacity arena and two hotels, is expected to contribute 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63 million net gross value added to the Scottish economy over 10 years. It will provide four times the exhibition space as the current AECC and increase the maximum capacity to 12,500 in the arena.

It will also create 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.

The Offshore Europe conference and exhibition kicks off events on 3 September. The SNP will also hold its annual conference at TECA in the autumn.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The official opening represents an important day not only for Aberdeen but for the region and the country as we launch a venue which will have truly global reach. 

“The completion of a project of this scale, just three years from when the first turf was cut, is a great achievement for the Council and our project partners. It is important to recognise the contribution of all those who have worked so hard to bring the complex to fruition and to place on record our thanks to the teams and individuals who have delivered this landmark development.”

There were several challenges on the project, including the east end of the site being located immediately below a flightpath, the demolition of existing buildings as part of the enabling package, the diversion of an existing watercourse, and the re-routing of major utilities.

The main conference and exhibition building includes a mezzanine link to the hotel and a basement link to the car park. The eye-catching design includes a complex roof profile, and the construction required very high specifications to meet significant acoustic criteria.

One of the main features of the project is its contractor-designed, modular energy centre. Making use of advanced CCHP (combined cooling, heat and power) technology, the centre will serve the energy requirements of both the hotel and the main TECA building. 

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