Massive construction work on Aberdeen’s new multi-million pound exhibition and conference centre is on track and will provide a “huge boost” to the city, according to the council leader.
New pictures show the scale of the £333million development under way at Bucksburn, which is set to replace the ageing Bridge of Don facility by 2019.
Underground spaces are being created, steelwork is complete on a hotel and the stage where shows will be held is also progressing.
Developers Henry Boot say there are now more than 300 workers on site and the work is “well under way”. Alongside the 12,500-capacity events venue, two hotels and a green energy plant are also included. Construction began last summer. Fears had been raised previously that the development would not be complete in time to host Offshore Europe 2019. But Nick Harris, director for
Scotland at Henry Boot Developments, said: “The construction of the new AECC is continuing to progress well on site.
“The steelwork for the Hilton Hotel is complete and cladding is due to commence shortly.
“The exhibition and arena construction is well under way and the shape of the building is starting to reveal itself as the steel frame progresses.
“There are currently in excess of 300 workers on site and this is due to rise to 600 at the peak of construction next year, which illustrates the scale of this huge facility.
“The new AECC is so important to the north-east, and I believe it can play a major part in helping to stimulate Aberdeen’s economy as optimism returns to the city.”
Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: “It’s fantastic to see how far work is progressing on site as the new AECC will be a huge boost to the city and the wider area.
“The new AECC will be a modern and purpose-built facility, designed to attract big names in entertainment to Aberdeen, along with more major international events and conferences.
“We’re confident it will create more jobs for the area and will bring extra visitors which will provide a stable platform for the area’s sustainable economic growth.”