However, the new proposals reduce ‘the cost to the public purse’ and have been given the green light by the full council. The new AECC development, which will include a conference centre and two hotels, will be built by Henry Boot Developments and will cost £333m. It will replace the old AECC, which was constructed in 1985.
City Council leader councillor, Jenny Laing, said: "The proposed new AECC in Dyce is an exciting development for the city and will provide a potential step-change for the future by providing a modern and fit-for-purpose facility.
"This new development will showcase Aberdeen as a global destination for business and leisure tourism by delivering a level of sustainability and design excellence that will be fundamental to strengthening Aberdeen's international profile. The new AECC will provide an opportunity for the AECC and Aberdeen to capitalise on the potential for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and banqueting markets locally, regionally, nationally and internationally."
The new AECC has been designed to provide a range of flexible spaces, including a 9,000sqm arena. It will be able to accommodate 10,000 seated and 15,000 standing.
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