Project Description


AECC Aberdeen

The New Aberdeen Exhibition and Convention Centre (AECC), now renamed as The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) is a new exhibition centre being developed by Aberdeen City Council and Henry Boot Developments to replace the existing AECC.

Location: Aberdeen
Client: Robertson Construction
Cost: £333m
Completion: 2019

The project will see the creation of a new arena, conference halls, a subterranean multipurpose space, energy centre, Hilton and Aloft hotels, car parking and public space.

The new arena at TECA will have a maximum capacity of 12,500, and in conjunction with the conference halls and subterranean multipurpose space, will provide an exhibition space far greater than the current AECC. This will allow it to compete nationally and internationally for new events, as well as by broadening the appeal of the north east to a global audience.

Blyth & Blyth were appointed by the Main contractor, Robertson Construction, to provide the Civil and Structural design of the Arena, Conference Centre, Sub-terranean Car Park, Hilton Hotel and design of highway and infrastructure works for the entire site.

Blyth & Blyth also provided structural engineering design certification (SER) services.

Key challenges

Highly value engineered design for buildings and piled foundations

Risk category – 3 building structure for an occupancy of 12,500 people.

Design of large column free spaces with long span roof (>88m) truss structure

Design for structural vibration

Diversion of ecologically sensitive burns at the site.

Fast paced design and construction programme

Design of highway structures to adoptable standards

Design of new junctions with trunk roads

Liaison with statutory bodies/agencies and assisting the client with obtaining necessary permissions.



“Edrington have worked with Blyth and Blyth for the past 15 years on various projects throughout the group and during this time we have developed a close and trusting partnership. B&B offer the full range of engineering services, allowing us to have a one stop shop on engineering consultancy requirements, with the obvious benefits this brings. B&B experience in the whisky industry is second to none which has the double benefit of not wasting time and money having to explain the process each time. As said previously, Edrington have been working with B&B for more than15 years and with a fair wind this relationship will continue for a further 15 years and beyond.”

George McKenzie Engineering Director, The Edrington Group