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Rebecca Wayman

York horticulture business works on new £330m Aberdeen events site

Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with p1 Contractors Ltd to supply over £150k worth of plants.

This is said to be for a multi-million-pound Scottish conference/exhibition centre, and largest new entertainment complex in Europe.

Replacing the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC), The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) is a £330m development that opened in August 2019; it includes a new arena, conference halls, a multi-purpose space, hotels and more.

The new arena is set to host acts like Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Lewis Capaldi and Elton John in the coming months. It is also set to bring an additional 4.5 million visitors, bringing £113m of extra spend to the Scottish economy.

North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons, has supplied the Henry Boot and Robertson Group construction in Bucksburn with nearly 40,000 shrubs, 170 three-metre-wide hedera screens, over 30,000 bare-root transplants and over 400 trees.

Ellie Richardson, marketing co-ordinator for Johnsons of Whixley, said: “It’s fantastic to be supplying such large quantities via p1 to such an exciting development which is set to be one of the most significant developments in the history of Aberdeen and Northern Scotland.”

Linlithgow-based p1 has been responsible for all the soft landscaping on the project, soiling all areas around the complex along with seeding works and tree, shrub and woodland planting around the site.

Ronnie Blair, contracts manager for the project on behalf of p1 Contractors Ltd, added: “Having a company such as Johnsons of Whixley working with us on such a large-scale project has been very reassuring, Iain has taken the time to come up to Scotland and walk the site offering information on the planting to help me with the contract.

“With the opening of the new complex on the horizon, I am excited about the prospect of returning in a few years to see what it looks like with a bit of maturity something which should be in keeping with the ambitious company we are.”

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