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Destination focus: Aberdeen and TECA

by Nicola Macdonald

Meet The Event Campus Aberdeen (TECA), a £333m development set to transform northeast Scotland’s venue offering.

What are some key features of TECA?

48,000sqm of world-class multi-purpose event space including, seven conference suites, three exhibition halls, nine meetings rooms, and a superior 15,000 capacity arena, the development also includes 33,000sqm subterranean space, which can be transformed into exhibition space. TECA offers four times the exhibition space available compared to the previous exhibition space at AECC.

TECA also offers a hospitality experience, which has never before been offered in Aberdeen. This includes, 16 luxury private suites, an exclusive 50-seater show deck, a VIP view lounge and a high end 150-seater restaurant, providing a unique dining experience on event nights.

Our facilities have been designed around audience comfort, boasting ergonomic seating, unrestricted sight lines and plenty of natural light to aid concentration. Conference presentations at TECA pack an audio-visual punch, benefiting from the latest technology, unlimited Wi-Fi, and a team of technical experts in charge. Conference catering of the highest quality is provided by our in-house team.

Tell us about TECA’s sustainability credentials

A key objective of Aberdeen City Council when delivering TECA was to specify that it was built to the highest environmental standards. With over 29,000 trees and shrubs planted on-site, TECA has been designed to be living environment to attract people and wildlife to the area. TECA is also on course to achieve BREEAM excellent the world’s leading sustainability assessment.

The site also boasts its own energy centre, which uses local food and garden waste, which is then digested in an anaerobic plant and the resulting hydrogen gas is harvested and used to power the energy centre which supplies Heating, Cooling and Power not only to TECA but also the on-site hotels.

TECA will be the most sustainable venue of its type in the UK at the time of opening.

What does the next year hold for TECA?

Aberdeen’s narrative is changing and TECA is at the forefront of that change. The striking new complex is almost ready, the new brand, website and supporting collateral have already played a key part in communicating the message.

With TECA opening this summer, the first exhibition to be held at the venue will be SPE Offshore Europe the largest oil and gas exhibition in the Eastern hemisphere. With the new venue comes new opportunities, and SPE Offshore Europe brings around 36,000 attendees, more than 900 exhibitors from international market leaders to new innovative companies.

The complex is set to attract an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113m of visitor spend by 2025, to boost the local economy.

Why should organisers hold events in Aberdeen?

TECA will offer a far more flexible and technologically advanced space than the current AECC site, enabling it to compete nationally and internationally for new events as well as broadening the appeal of the North East to business and leisure visitors from across the globe.

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