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Cooper Cromar joins project team for AECC redevelopment

Cooper Cromar has been appointed by Henry Boot Developments - a leading UK property developer and Aberdeen City Council’s development partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre – as Architect for the Bridge of Don Masterplan.

In the lead-up to submitting planning applications later this year for the proposed new facility at Bucksburn, as well as redevelopment proposals for the current AECC site in Bridge of Don (which will be vacated once the new facility is up and running), a comprehensive team of professionals from across a wide spectrum of disciplines is working in partnership with Henry Boot Developments and Aberdeen City Council.

David Dool, Executive Director at Cooper Cromar commented: “Our role is to work alongside Aberdeen City Council and Henry Boot Developments to develop a Masterplan and Supplementary Guidance Document for the site at Bridge of Don. The challenge we have been set within the initial Masterplan is to conceive the most efficient proposals for this significant yet challenging brownfield site with a number of potential difference land uses to be included.  Commercially, our overall aim is to maximise the return that Aberdeen City Council receive for the site and to achieve this within relatively tight timescales, despite the Bridge of Don site not becoming vacant until the new AECC facility opens in Bucksburn.”

Aberdeen City Council appointed Henry Boot Developments in late 2013 as their development partner for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the AECC, to deliver a bigger, better exhibition and conference venue which is a key element of the business structure needed to promote Aberdeen as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe.

Nick Harris, Regional Manager for Henry Boot Developments said: “The new AECC facility is a vital element of Aberdeen’s future growth and development, with our task to deliver a state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre which meets the needs of the city now and in future years.

“With our initial public consultation on the project now underway and running until the end of June 2014, the project team is taking feedback on board already and over the summer months we will be working together to incorporate the views of those who participated before going back out with revised plans in the autumn.”

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: "Aberdeen is a leading world energy city which requires a world-class exhibition and conference centre to support its growing business needs and to continue to attract top level events to the city.

"Henry Boot Developments has brought together a highly-skilled team, very well-respected team to work on the proposed redevelopment of the AECC. I am confident that this strong group of companies, led by Henry Boot Developments, will deliver the state-of-the art venue Aberdeen needs and deserves. "

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