Henry Boot Developments, Aberdeen City Council’s joint venture partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre has appointed Robertson Group as its main contractor to deliver the project.
Robertson will carry out site preparation works, including ground and infrastructure works, as well as building the new arena and conference centre and one of the three on-site hotels.
Robertson was appointed further to a competitive tendering process and will work closely with Henry Boot Developments and Aberdeen City Council to create the new world-class facility for Aberdeen and the North East. During the construction period, starting in August 2016 until completion in 2019, 600 new jobs will be created, including a number of new apprenticeships.
Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments commented: “I am very pleased that we are now in a position to appoint Robertson Group as the contractor to deliver this vital project and I am looking forward to working with them over the next three years. We understand how important the new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is to the economy in Aberdeen and the North East and are pleased to be appointing Robertson Group which has close historical and current links to the area.”
Bill Robertson, executive chairman of Robertson Group commented: “Robertson is delighted to have been selected as the main contractor on what will be an iconic venue for millions of visitors from all over the world.
“We have significant experience in delivering complex, high value, innovative, major projects across the country.
“Robertson has had a base in Aberdeen for over 25 years so we understand the local area. We will focus, where possible, on local employment, the local supply chain and working in partnership with the communities in the local area.”
Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Following on from the sod-cutting last month, it is great to see the new AECC progressing as it’s a key part of the one of the biggest regeneration projects in the history of Aberdeen.
“Work on the site should really advance now that a contractor has been appointed and it will be exciting to see the development take shape over the coming months.“The new AECC is a vital part of ensuring Aberdeen can compete on a global basis with other major cities and also for its future prosperity as it will attract bigger names in entertainment, as well as more international events and conferences.”