The hotel will be the first building in phase 2 of the AECC masterplan at Bucksburn, and will be located just north
of the Hilton Hotel that adjoins the new AECC, which is currently under construction. The multi-million pound
AECC project, which is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council and its development partner, Henry Boot
Developments Limited, and being constructed by Robertson Group, will provide a new world-class facility for
Scotland. The 12,500-capacity arena will host major events including conferences, exhibitions and music
The new facility is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63
million net Gross Value Added to the Scottish economy. It will also result in the creation of 352
full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.
First of its kind in Scotland
Designed by architects Cooper Cromar, with interiors by Twenty2Degrees, the new Aloft Hotel will be the first of
its kind in Scotland and will include a signature WXYZ® bar, Re:mixSM lounge and gym. Designed to appeal to
savvy next-gen travellers, the property will also feature contemporary urban-style interiors, tech-forward
amenities and live-music programming. The hotel will be managed by the UK's leading independent hotel
management company, Redefine|BDL Hotels.
Nick Harris, Director of Henry Boot Developments in Scotland said: "Having a world-class music and conference
venue in Aberdeen will be of tremendous benefit to the north east. Recent figures from industry body UK Music
suggest 40% of people going to live music events are music tourists – people travelling to the venue from
elsewhere in the UK or abroad. The new AECC arena will have a capacity similar to the Hydro in Glasgow,
making it far more likely that Aberdeen will attract the big names in entertainment and get a bigger slice of this
music tourism pie. That's why it's great to have high-quality, modern hotels like Aloft on site to meet this need."
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: "This is another major milestone in the
development of the new AECC which is a big part of our plan to transform the city with major new infrastructure
projects. We're looking forward to watching the progression of the Aloft hotel as it is built, and how it integrates 
with the other structures already in place."
Robertson Group's Chief Executive Officer Derek Shewan said: "The AECC will be a world-class events and
conference space, with equally outstanding facilities. We at Robertson Group are proud to be constructing the
Aloft Hotel, which will be situated on the AECC site. Groundworks have already begun on the hotel, which will
ultimately boast 150 bedrooms over four floors."
Andrew Robb, Chief Business Development Officer for Redefine|BDL Hotels and who hails from Aberdeen, said:
"We're delighted to be involved in introducing Aloft to Aberdeen – and indeed to Scotland – as part of the exciting
AECC project. We already count Aloft Liverpool within our growing portfolio, so this represents our second
management agreement with the Aloft brand, further strengthening our partnership.
"The start of work on the hotel is a huge milestone, and represents another step in the journey towards bringing
visitors to Aberdeen, and locals, the quality accommodation and food and beverage offering that has become
synonymous with contemporary Aloft Hotels."About Henry Boot Developments LimitedHenry Boot Developments
is one of the most progressive property development companies currently working in the UK. We are part of the
130-year old London Stock Exchange listed Henry Boot Group of Companies. Henry Boot Developments is truly
opportunity-led with a focus on high quality design and encouraging a collaborative approach with the public, local
authorities and other developers alike. 

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