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.
The new arena at TECA has a maximum capacity of 12,500, and in conjunction with the conference halls and subterranean multipurpose space, provides an exhibition space far greater than the current AECC. This allows it to compete nationally and internationally for new events, as well as by broadening the appeal of the north east to a global audience.
The highways and infrastructure was designed to accommodate up to 17 development plots for retail and commercial properties within the site curtilage along with the main Exhibition and Conference Centre itself, to date one of these development plots has since been completed and provides an additional 150 bed hotel space for the Exhibition and Conference Centre.