New visualisations unveiled as internal fit-out begins at The Event Complex Aberdeen
It comes as new computer-generated visualisations created by Keppie Design show how the venue’s arena and restaurant will look once completed.
Being constructed by Robertson Group on behalf of Aberdeen City Council and its development partner Henry Boot Developments Limited (HBD), the multi-million pound venue is due for completion in 2019.
The 12,500-capacity main arena will host conferences, exhibitions and music concerts, and is expected to attract major artists and events to the city. The facility will also boast three further conference/exhibition halls, four multi-purpose conference rooms, and 15 meeting rooms.
The facility is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63m net Gross Value Added to the Scottish economy. It will also result in the creation of 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.
Nick Harris, director of HBD in Scotland, said: “These new images of the arena and restaurant are an exciting glimpse into how the facility will look when it opens. Work is continuing to progress on schedule, with finishing touches currently being made to the roof, and it’s amazing to think that in just a few short months, interior spaces like these will really be taking shape.”
Aberdeen City Council co-leader, Councillor Douglas Lumsden, said: “The new CGIs show how fantastic the restaurant and other areas will look in the TECA building and it’s great to see the progress of what will be one of the biggest developments in the history of Aberdeen.
“The new venue is an important part of a period of enormous transformation for the city which includes £1bn of capital spending by Aberdeen City Council.
“Building TECA and the revenue it will bring through increased visitor stays, along with larger audience numbers, is one of the aims of our Regional Economic Strategy for increased internationalisation of Aberdeen and the wider area as the new complex will enable the city to attract global acts and events.”
Robertson Group’s chief executive officer, Derek Shewan, said: “While the construction of the exterior of The Event Complex Aberdeen is entering its final stages, work on the interior is continuing apace. More than 850 Robertson employees and contractors, including many local joiners, painters, electricians and plumbers, are currently transforming the interior of the building into a world class event, hospitality and exhibition space.”
AECC and TECA managing director, Nick Waight, added: “It’s fantastic to see TECA coming to life in these new images, with the recent launch of the TECA brand we are able to excite our existing and potential clients with new marketing collateral and our website. The project is all coming together, with less than a year to go we can finally see Aberdeen’s transformational new venue taking shape.”