AECC shows off £18m work at royal launch

The Princess Royal opened the revamped Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) last month.

The Princess Royal opened the revamped Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) last month. Princess Anne mingled with guests and staff before touring the Scottish venue’s new £18m facilities. The redevelopment, which began early last year (Event, February 2002), has added two 565sqm halls and refurbished Boyd Orr Hall. A new frontage and entrance atrium have been added and the existing auditorium’s capacity has been increased to 450 delegates. Catering, IT and audio-visual facilities have been upgraded and 7,300sqm of space has been retained in the Press & Journal Arena. “One of the strengths of the new centre is its flexibility,” said AECC managing director Clarke Milloy. “Many of the larger halls now have acoustic divides, allowing two events to take place simultaneously.” A Northern Light Tower has been built to give the centre a landmark feature. It can be used for small events such as drinks receptions. “We are looking forward to a busy and prosperous future at AECC,” added Milloy. “We now feel that Aberdeen can offer the complete package for event organisers in a vibrant cosmopolitan city.” The opening coincided with the first night of the World Famous Lipizzaner Horses show. The Spanish equine event, which is touring the world, ran at the AECC for two nights.

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