Aberdeen: The Granite City

Where landscapes meet the sea, and the granite buildings sparkle like silver, EN takes a closer look  at the heritage and future of Scotland’s third most populous city, Aberdeen. 

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn
aecc-001.jpg

With a booming offshore petroleum industry, Aberdeen is home to a vibrant international population, where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea.

 

The city’s historic local shipping, fishing and oil industries are offset by its panoramic views of the busy harbour as the flourishing Granite City boasts architecture and cultural gems.

 

During the mid-18 to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen’s buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which sparkle like silver in the sunlight because of its high mica content. It’s no wonder the city has nicknames such as the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands.

 

As EN has discovered, similar to Edinburgh and Glasgow, the port city in the northeast of Scotland is celebrated among its people and its events. Walking through the streets of Aberdeen, bunting and posters proudly showcase the city’s biggest event – SPE Offshore Europe (OE).

 

Contributing a reported £53.9m to the region’s economy (Aberdeen Exhibition and Convention Centre Economic Impact Report Offshore Europe 2013 Summary 2014 compiled by IPSOS), the event is backed by the Aberdeen City Council.

 

The biennial premier oil and gas show celebrated its 41st year last month with more than 55,000 delegates in attendance.


Aberdeen is often referred to as the Oil Capital or Energy Capital of Europe as it’s home to companies including BP, Shell, Subsea 7 and GE Oil & Gas, and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC - in the featured image).

 

AECC, the ‘gateway to the Scottish Highlands’ was established as a Limited Liability Company in 1985, when the Centre at the Bridge of Don first opened, built primarily as a permanent venue to house OE.

 

Welcoming more than 300,000 visitors through its doors a year, the venue hosts over 600 events annually and has had £18m investment in the last five years. More is yet the come, the team tells EN. A new, state-of-the-art arena, exhibition and conference centre will open 2018.

 

“A modern, purpose-built venue with increased capacity for business events will help to anchor key energy-related events such as Offshore Europe, in Aberdeen,” says Graeme Cumming, AECC’s interim managing director.”

 

The new AECC will allow Aberdeen to bid for larger national and international events, with a 9,000sqm arena capable of hosting a large range of events including entertainment, exhibitions and sporting events.

 

“The larger 10,000 seat Arena will ensure Aberdeen attracts many more major artists to bring their tours to the city,” Cumming adds, as the new venue will be able to meet the demands for concerts and tours, that AECC, in the past, has not had the capacity to stage.

 

“Our team can now get on with the job of promoting the new venue, and continuing to build the business over the coming years.”

 

This flexibility, the team says, will allow for a wider range of conferences and exhibitions to consider AECC for their upcoming events.

 

Having 15,000sqm of flexible exhibition space in the new halls will allow AECC to continue hosting the ever-growing flagship event, Offshore Europe, as well as space to grow other established events such as Subsea Expo.

 

This article was first published in the October issue of EN. Any comments? Email Annie Byrne

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn

Related Stories

EventTech 17 gears up for products, presentations and a playroom

EventTech 17 is set to become the UK’s largest event technology exhibition when it opens at International Confex next week.

Lion-Cachet: Event industry 'needs additional investment'

Chad Lion-Cachet, chairman of investment company Clico Capital, is calling for more investment in the events industry, ahead of his UK Events Week seminar next week.

Good practice with data

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer at RefTech, on being open, transparent, and accurate about what you are doing with the data you handle.

Elsewhere on EN

EventTech 17 gears up for products, presentations and a playroom

EventTech 17 gears up for products, presentations and a playroom

EventTech 17 is set to become the UK’s largest event technology exhibition when it opens at International Confex next week.
Lion-Cachet: Event industry 'needs additional investment'

Lion-Cachet: Event industry 'needs additional investment'

Chad Lion-Cachet, chairman of investment company Clico Capital, is calling for more investment in the events industry, ahead of his UK Events Week seminar next week.
N200|GES partners with Gleanin on socially-driven event registration

N200|GES partners with Gleanin on socially-driven event registration

Event registration, lead retrieval and event intelligence firm N200|GES has announced a strategic partnership with social software company Gleanin.

CONFEX LIVE

Most read Stories

Building emerald cities

Building emerald cities

From Malaria to Blenheim, through to UBM, Jane Risby-Rose – the 20-year story of her yellow brick road industry journey.
5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

Looking to the future and learning from the past at AEO Forums 2016.
2 Minutes with Sarah Mayo

2 Minutes with Sarah Mayo

Sarah Mayo, marketing director EMEA, Freeman and FreemanXP talks about her new role, playing golf with Westlife and the skills needed in our industry.

Latest News

EventTech 17 gears up for products, presentations and a playroom

EventTech 17 gears up for products, presentations and a playroom

EventTech 17 is set to become the UK’s largest event technology exhibition when it opens at International Confex next week.
Lion-Cachet: Event industry 'needs additional investment'

Lion-Cachet: Event industry 'needs additional investment'

Chad Lion-Cachet, chairman of investment company Clico Capital, is calling for more investment in the events industry, ahead of his UK Events Week seminar next week.
N200|GES partners with Gleanin on socially-driven event registration

N200|GES partners with Gleanin on socially-driven event registration

Event registration, lead retrieval and event intelligence firm N200|GES has announced a strategic partnership with social software company Gleanin.

Latest Galleries

100% Optical 2017

100% Optical 2017

More than 8,000 visitors arrived at ExCeL London on 4-6 February for the fourth edition of 100% Optical. The show featured more than 175,000 frames, catwalk performances and a comprehensive education programme.
Cumbria Flood Expo 2017

Cumbria Flood Expo 2017

The inaugural Cumbria Flood Expo, organised by flood emergency response charity CERT UK, took place on 2-3 February at Carlisle Racecourse.
Mexia Communications at 10

Mexia Communications at 10

PR and content marketing agency Mexia Communications celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Mexican Fiesta at the Royal College of Physicians on 26 January.

Latest Opinions

Good practice with data

Good practice with data

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer at RefTech, on being open, transparent, and accurate about what you are doing with the data you handle.
Beware of the punter

Beware of the punter

Trevor Punt, managing director of TBG Group, on the rise of the stereotypical punter and the need for nerves of steel.
Peer to peer

Peer to peer

Will Broadfoot, director of Footfall Events & Marketing on unlocking exhibitor potential and improving participation.