Turner & Townsend completes £330m event centre in Aberdeen, UK

WCN Editorial Team 10 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based professional services company Turner & Townsend has completed the construction of The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) in Aberdeen.

Built on a 150-acre site, which was formally home to the Rowett Institute, the 105,000m² event space can be used for hosting exhibitions and concerts.

The main 9,000m² events centre has an arena capacity of 15,000 and conference capacity of more than 5,000 across various conference spaces.

The building has a provision for subterranean multi-purpose space, allowing it to be used for car parking and can also be fitted out as an exhibition hall when needed. There are two 200-bed Hilton Hotels adjoining the P&J Live building and a 150-bed Aloft by Marriot that fronts onto a new piazza.

TECA is also claimed to be an innovative energy centre with on-site energy generation from hydrogen fuel cells and a combined heat and power plant (CHP) to supply not only energy but also heating to the site, along with cooling.

An anaerobic digestion plant generates biogas to fuel both technologies, reducing the building’s carbon impact.

Scotland Real Estate lead director Andy Outram said: “We are extremely proud to have project managed this phenomenal facility for Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

“The success of TECA follows on from our involvement in every phase of the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, including most recently the Hydro, and proves that our business has unrivalled project management capability of venue developments in Scotland.”

Henry Boot Development (HBD) managing director Ed Hutchinson said: “Everyone at HBD is immensely proud to have been involved with this iconic build alongside Aberdeen City Council, main contractor Robertson and the Turner & Townsend project management team.

“The doors of this truly world class event, hospitality and exhibition space opened to the public this month and we couldn’t have delivered this monumental project on time and on budget without the support of all teams involved.”

TECA was part of Aberdeen City Council’s plan to grow the local economy. Construction started in 2016 and it was completed in 2018. It has now been inaugurated.

The £333m facility is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113m of visitor spend and £63m in net gross value to the Scottish economy.

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Image: TECA building in Aberdeen, Scotland. Photo: Courtesy of Turner & Townsend.

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