Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre


Keppie Design was appointed in September 2014 to progress the concept design for the masterplan, the new AECC and a 200 bed hotel. The new exhibition and conference facilities consist of a 9000sqm arena to accommodate a maximum of 12,500 people, 6000sqm of flexible exhibition space and a further 31,000sqm of multi-purpose subterranean space. A further 10,000sqm of external exhibition space can also be utilised.


The proposals have been developed following detailed discussions with the AECC and incorporate expert external advice. The plans have evolved to provide ACC and the AECC with a building that maximises operational benefits and flexibility whilst enhancing the user experience.


The key changes to the original concept design have been the separation of the AECC and subterranean car park, improved circulation and viewing experience to the Arena, the relocation of the conference halls to the first floor to allow simultaneous operation with the exhibition halls and the relocation of the restaurant. All of these elements have assisted in creating an improved stimulating and animated frontage. Site start commenced August 2016, with completion due 2019.

Client Henry Boot Developments Ltd
Contact Nick Harris
Dates 2015 – Present
Value £180m
Services Architecture, Masterplanning