AECC developer welcomed to Aberdeen
The leading UK property developer selected as Aberdeen City Council's joint venture partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre has been officially welcomed to the city.
Council leader Barney Crockett and Gordon McIntosh, director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure, met with Henry Boot Developments managing director David Anderson today [Thursday, 23 January] to officially welcomed the London Stock Exchange-listed firm to the Granite City. The AECC will be the company's first venture in Aberdeen.
Managing director David Anderson will meet with Councillor Crockett, Mr McIntosh and officers involved in the project.
Councillor Crockett said: "I am delighted to welcome David Anderson and Henry Boot Developments to Aberdeen. This is a large company with a fantastic history and reputation. It is entirely appropriate that a firm which is held in such high regard across the UK will be working with us to create a world-class exhibition and conference centre.
"The very strong interest of companies like Henry Boot Developments in doing business in Aberdeen is extremely welcome and is another clear example of our city's strength and attractiveness to major players in every sector. This is a city of opportunity for all, where business is well and truly booming.
"Aberdeen's economic strength and drive are a key reason why a new AECC is absolutely essential for the city's continued economic prosperity. It is a key element of the business structure needed to promote Aberdeen as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe. 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.
"I am very excited about this joint venture project and look forward to working closely with Mr Anderson and his colleagues to deliver a fabulous new facility for Aberdeen."
David Anderson, managing director of Henry Boot Developments Limited said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Aberdeen City Council to deliver the new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.
"The new state-of-the-art facility will not only enable Aberdeen to build on its reputation as a major conference and exhibition destination, but will also bring economic benefits to the city.
"The proposed facility is a vital element in enhancing the business and leisure facilities in the North-east of Scotland and will ensure that Aberdeen continues to attract large scale events.
"Henry Boot Developments looks forward to working in the North-east of Scotland for the first time and to progressing this innovative, exciting and important joint venture in partnership with the city council."
The existing AECC is no longer fit for purpose and energy and building maintenance costs are steadily rising. It is not large enough to accommodate some of the growing exhibitions and conferences held there, notably Offshore Europe, and cannot accommodate some of the larger sets required for concerts.
Event operators are seeking improvements to the facility, citing the use of temporary space for large exhibitions, accessibility, car parking, site security, and safety, as issues which need to be addressed if they are continue bringing their business to the venue and the city.
The council entered into a procurement process to select a development partner through a competitive dialogue which required participants to develop a fully-costed and viable detailed development solution either on-site or at a new location off-site.
On and off-site solutions were considered for the new venue. The proposed new AECC will be a mixed-use development which includes increased exhibition and conference space and a four-star hotel, as well as car parking facilities.
The evaluation of the final tender submissions was considered in terms of four key evaluation criteria: financial and commercial; project design; project delivery; and legal and contractual.
Aberdeen City Council will enter into a 35 year lease of the newly completed facility, after which it will be entitled to purchase the AECC development, including the land, for £1.
The proposed multi-use arena will aim to be the most sustainable building of its type in the UK.