Robertson Group to build new Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre

WCN Editorial Team 25 Aug 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm Robertson Group has been selected as the main contractor by UK-based Henry Boot Developments for the new £333M Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre.

The project, to be located on the 130-acre former Rowett Research Institute site adjacent to Aberdeen International Airport, is being developed by Henry Boot Developments — the Henry Boot PLC propriety development subsidiary — in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council.

The overall scheme will include a 12,500-capacity performance venue, extensive covered exhibition halls, a four-star 200-bed hotel to be operated under the Hilton Hotels brand together with an energy centre and 2,500 parking spaces.

The initial phase of the development will offer over 74,000sq m of space and includes a development agreement for another 150-bed hotel, to be operated under the Aloft brand.

Robertson Group will be responsible for site preparation works, including ground and infrastructure works, as well as the construction of the new arena and conference centre and one of the three on-site hotels.

Nick Harris from Henry Boot Developments said: “Following the sod cutting last month, 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.”

Construction work is set to commence this month and is expected to be complete in the first half of 2019. The project will create 600 new jobs, including a number of new apprenticeships.

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