A new multi-million pound exhibition centre will have a “major impact” on the North-east economy, a council co-leader claimed.
As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, work on the new £333 million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bucksburn has now passed the halfway mark.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing hailed the project, during a tour around the facility yesterday.
She added: “I think it’s really great when you can come on-site and see the progress we’re making here.
“It’s a major investment by the city council but we believe it’s money well spent because we’re trying to diversify the economy.
“We want to provide a facility that will encourage bigger and better exhibitions and conferences and also opportunities for local people to see entertainment acts they maybe haven’t seen before.
“We believe it really is a regional facility and it will have a major impact on our economy in the years to come.”
The new AECC is due for completion in 2019, in time for the Offshore Europe event in September.
“It is hoped the centre, which is located near Aberdeen International Airport, will attract major artists and events, while anchoring existing events in the city.
Cllr Laing said: “We will open the exhibition and conference centre in 2019, it will be ready for Offshore Europe.
“I hope we will be attracting big names here as well which will help to boost our tourist economy here too.”
The main building, which will contain the arena, exhibition space and conference centre is expected to be wind and water tight next month.
The new site includes four multi-purpose conference rooms and 15 meeting rooms while there are also hospitality boxes included within the main arena.
It has a capacity of 12,500 with an exhibition space of 6,000 sq m – four times the size of the space of the current AECC …read more
Source:: Evening Express – All articles