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Council backs revised masterplan for £333m AECC redevelopment

The new AECC will replace existing the centre at Bridge of Don, set to become a household waste recycling centre.

Latest image of AECC in Aberdeen, September 11, 2014.
Henry Boot Developments

Councillors have backed a revised masterplan for the £333m redevelopment of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

In March it was confirmed developer Henry Boot would build the new AECC along with two hotels and a clean energy power station in Dyce.

The project will replace the existing centreat Bridge of Don, which is set to become a Household Waste Recycling Centre under the new revisions depending on final approval.

A new underpass and pathway connecting the area to Newhills has also been added to the framework document.

Councillor Neil Cooney, committee convener for communities, housing and infrastructure, has welcomed the changes which will be considered by the Planning Development Management Committee at a later date.

He said: "This represents a major step forward in the plans for a new AECC, 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."

Plans for the new AECC were released in May and September last year with developer Henry Boot speaking to locals about the proposals.

The new revisions come after a six-week period of consultation to Aberdeen City Council.

The new centre at Rowett North has four times the available space of the existing AECC and would double the seated capacity to 10,000.

The development is projected to bring in more than 31,000 additional business tourists to the north east of Scotland, generating £11m visitor spend per annum and creating hundreds of new full-time jobs.

Speaking in May, Henry Boot regional manager Nick Harris said: "We’ve listened closely to the many views expressed during the first round of consultations and I think people will be very interested to see our updated images."

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