Aberdeen Exhibition Centre starts work on £18m revamp

Work has started on an £18m overhaul of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Work has started on an £18m overhaul of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). The project will add two new halls – each holding 700 theatre-style or 500 for banqueting – and a new frontage and entrance atrium. The theatre will be extended to seat 500 and more break-out rooms will be built. Backstage and kitchen facilities will be improved. The scheme is due to be completed in the autumn. The contract was signed last month by the venue’s local partners from the Robertson Group and Mackie Ramsay Taylor Architects as well as AECC managing director Clarke Milloy. “We gained approval to proceed with the project some time ago, but this is a real milestone as it signifies the official beginning of the work that will position AECC as a state-of-the-art, world class convention centre,” Milloy said. AECC opened 16 years ago and Milloy estimates that by 2006 the revamped centre will bring in £40m a year to the region. “During my time as managing director here I have seen the centre flourish, and we have a commitment to excellence and customer care that I intend to develop over the next ten years and beyond,” he added.

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