UK-based Robertson Construction has started construction on a 150-room Aloft Hotel on the site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) in the UK.
The hotel marks the first building in the second phase of the AECC masterplan at Bucksburn. It is being constructed just north of the Hilton Hotel that adjoins the new AECC, which is currently under construction by Robertson.
The £333m AECC is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council with Henry Boot Developments. The 12,500-capacity arena will host conferences, exhibitions and concerts.
The new Aloft Hotel, designed by architects Cooper Cromar, will include a WXYZ bar, Re:mixSM lounge and gym. It will be managed by the UK-based independent hotel management firm, Redefine|BDL Hotels.
Robertson Group CEO Derek Shewan said: “The AECC will be a world-class events and conference space, with equally outstanding facilities. We at Robertson Group are proud to be constructing the Aloft Hotel, which will be situated on the AECC site. Groundworks have already begun on the hotel, which will ultimately boast 150 bedrooms over four floors.”
Henry Boot Developments director in Scotland Nick Harris said: “The new AECC arena will have a capacity similar to the Hydro in Glasgow, making it far more likely that Aberdeen will attract the big names in entertainment and get a bigger slice of this music tourism pie. That’s why it’s great to have high-quality, modern hotels like Aloft on site to meet this need.”
Aberdeen City Council co-leader councillor Jenny Laing said: “This is another major milestone in the development of the new AECC which is a big part of our plan to transform the city with major new infrastructure projects. We’re looking forward to watching the progression of the Aloft hotel as it is built, and how it integrates with the other structures already in place.”