The latest news that the Aberdeen City Council have agreed to a £333 million events centre - to be called the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) - was received very positively here at DB Systems.
The new centre, which will replace the existing AECC, will be situated near to the Aberdeen International Airport and will house a 15,000 seat concert hall, two hotels, an energy centre and plant that will create energy from household waste and numerous conference facilities - although it is still all subject to planning permission.
The managing director for the AECC, Brian Horsburgh, said: "We are delighted about the City Council decision to proceed with the new venue project. A modern, purpose-built venue with increased capacity for business events will help to anchor key [...] events [...] in Aberdeen; whilst the larger 10,000 seat Arena will ensure Aberdeen attracts many more major artists to bring their tours to the city."
One of the key focuses in terms of the events to be held at the AECC will be energy related; Jenny Laing, the Labour council leader for Aberdeen, noted that this new venue is "a key element of the business infrastructure needed to promote Aberdeen as a world energy city."
With the demise of Earls Court imminent, plans for new or increased UK exhibition space are very welcome and very much needed. It will be exciting to watch the plans for this new space unfold - the existing AECC, at which we provide WiFi and Network services, is a fantastic venue but lacks the space for its events to continue to grow. Which other UK venues are looking to increase space as we come out of the recession?