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EICC extension gets go-ahead

posted 9 Dec 2009, 19:16 by David Rintoul   [ updated 9 Dec 2009, 19:45 ]

Work on an extension of Edinburgh's main conference centre is set to get under way – ten years after plans were unveiled.

Planners yesterday gave the go-ahead to the creation of a huge new underground complex for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre – as well as a striking new "entrance pavilion".

The £80 million scheme was approved despite concerns from councillors over the design of an eight-storey office block, which will help to pay for the new conference facilities.

Officials had earlier warned that rejection of the plans would "seriously compromise" Edinburgh's efforts to compete with major rivals for business tourism events. The EICC had feared that the plans being sent back to the drawing board would be another setback for a project dogged by problems and running at least five years behind schedule.