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EICC expansion to let stars entertain you

posted 29 Jul 2010, 03:35 by David Rintoul   [ updated 29 Jul 2010, 03:56 ]

It is more used to playing host to business conferences than wild rock gigs.

But that could all be about to change as work begins today on a major expansion of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The work, one of the biggest construction projects undertaken in Scotland this year, will last 30 months, cost £85 million and enable the venue to cater for fashion shows, sports events and rock gigs.

It is estimated the project will bring an estimated £2.35 billion to the city over the next 30 years.

The EICC has already been used to host sell-out stand-up comedy shows at the Fringe, including Bill Bailey and Jimmy Carr, but bosses hope to bring acts from around the world to the venue.