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Project team and forthcoming consultations for AECC redevelopment

04/04/14

Henry Boot Developments – a leading UK property developer and Aberdeen City Council's joint venture partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre – is pleased to announce the team which will deliver the project.

In the lead-up to submitting planning applications for the proposed new facility, as well as redevelopment proposals for the current AECC site (which will be vacated once the new facility is up and running), a comprehensive team of professionals from across a wide spectrum of disciplines will work in partnership with Henry Boot and Aberdeen City Council.

The project teams comprises: Turner & Townsend (Programme & Project Management; Cost Management); SASANBELL (Architect); Arup (Civil & Structural Engineer); Mott MacDonald (Transport); DSSR (M&E Services Engineer); Brindley Associates (Landscape Architect & Ecology); Hurley Palmer Flatt (Energy & Sustainability); GVA James Barr (Planning Consultant); Streets UK (Community Engagement); Cooper Cromar (Architect); Goodson Associates (Civil & Structural Engineer); AECOM (Transport); Ryden (Planning Consultant); Hirst (Landscape Architect & Ecology); and Perceptive Communicators (Communications).

A vital element of the development project is consultation with relevant stakeholders in the City and beyond, before the public consultation commences in the next two months.

Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments said: "We are carrying out a number of pre-consultation meetings with key stakeholders ahead of the first phase of public consultation.

"Once these meetings are underway, we will confirm the dates and venues for the public consultation and publicise these widely as we are keen to hear the views and feedback on our plans from as many people as possible.

"We expect these to take place in early summer and look forward to hearing the views of all those who participate."

"The new AECC facility is a vital element of Aberdeen's future growth and development, not least as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe. Therefore, the new conference centre and associated facilities will be developed with the ambition to make it the most sustainable facility of its kind in the UK.

"That is, of course, a tall order but one that we are confident we can meet – especially in conjunction with the project team that we have assembled to ensure that we are delivering to brief, on time and on budget."

Council leader Barney Crockett said: "The AECC makes a crucial contribution to the economy of Aberdeen, Scotland, and beyond. We must ensure Aberdeen continues to attract large and popular events, like Offshore Europe, to the City. Securing a top-class exhibition centre is essential if we are to succeed in that.

"The companies appointed to the project team by Henry Boot Developments are very well regarded and have strong industry reputations. I am confident that they will deliver a facility which Aberdeen, as a leading world energy city, needs, deserves and can be proud of."