1st February 2018

Construction of a 150-bedroom Aloft Hotel on the site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre ('AECC') has commenced.

The hotel will be managed by the UK's leading independent hotel management company, RBH , and represents the company's second management agreement with Aloft.

It will join RBH's 75-strong portfolio, which has welcomed new openings over the past year including Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West and Hotel Indigo Cardiff.

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 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 concerts.

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. "

Andrew Robb, Chief Business Development Officer for RBH 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."