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New Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

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Councillors have approved masterplan documents that will guide the development of both the new Exhibition and conference Centre (AECC) at Bucksburn and the existing site at Bridge of Don. Revisions to the planning frameworks were made following responses made during a six week period of public consultation.

Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee Convener, Councillor Neil Cooney, said: "This represents a major step forward in the plans for a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, which is a key development identified within the City Council's Strategic Infrastructure Plan.

"I am pleased that so many members of the public, as well as the local business community and other organisations, have taken the opportunity to have their say as part of these consultations.

"This is a very exciting project, and I think it is important to note that no-one as objected in principle to the development of the site for a new AECC."

Bucksburn Site

The Rowett North area, Buckburn has been identified as a suitable place for the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The new AECC has been designed to provide a range of adaptable spaces. The design comprises of a multi-purpose space, offering flexibility to host a large range of exhibitions, entertainment and sporting events, a multi-purpose dividable exhibition hall and a range of conference facilities.

Following the six week public consultation it has been agreed by the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee to make changes to the site layout, architectural and landscape design.

The requirement for an underpass and path connecting to the Newhills area had also been strengthened within the planning framework document.

Integrated within the design of the AECC is a 200 guestroom 4 star hotel which connects to the AECC at ground floor level and first floor conference suite level.

The 207 million centre will enhance Scotland's portfolio of business tourism venues, putting this global city on a world stage.

Scottish Enterprise confirmed funding of 10 million towards construction which over the next 10 years is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, 113 million of visitor spend and 63 million net Gross Value Added (GVA) to the Scottish Economy.

For more information please visit; Masterplanning, Design and Conservation

Bridge of Don existing site

The committee also agreed to review the framework for the existing Bridge of Don site which relate to the steps and processes that are required prior to a final decision of the location and provision of a planned Household Waste Recycling Centre.


Planning applications for both sites are due to be considered by the Planning Development Management Committee at a later date. . 

For more information please visit Masterplanning, Design and Conservation.

Public consultation

Thank you to all who have commented, both on the new Bucksburn Site and the existing Bridge of Don site. All comments raised will be taken into consideration and influence any future proposals from Henry Boot developments.

For more information on previous public consultations please visit; AECC Previous Consultations


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