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AEG is the world leader in sports and live entertainment, operating all over the globe. AEG owns or operates over 150 of the world’s leading venues, hosting over 22,000 events each year and entertaining more than 100 million fans.

AEG Europe is a subsidiary of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.

AEG Europe own and operate some of the best events arenas on the continent, including the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, the O2 in London, Barclays Arena in Hamburg and the Accor Arena in Paris.

The detailed design continues to be worked up ahead of finalisation of the planning application submission in early 2024.  The scale is approximately 18,500 sq.m (floorspace) with a maximum height of approximately 30.5m (above ground level). This is 11m higher than the adjacent Premier Inn hotel but 6 metres lower than the existing planning permission on the subject site (for a hotel and offices).

The venue would have a maximum capacity of around 8,500 people, with mixed seating/standing configuration flexibility.

The arena is fully flexible and will focus on hosting the best in large scale entertainment including concerts, shows, sports and comedy.

It is proposed to deliver a car free arena development which is fully aligned with national and local planning policy requirements. The site is located adjacent public transport infrastructure/services (rail, tram and buses), that together provide fast and frequent connections to Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Glasgow, the Central Belt and beyond. Blue Badge parking will be provided, while drop off / pick up will be possible.

The proposals are highly sustainable in access terms, being located adjacent to a tram and rail station interchange, as well as linking with established cycle/pedestrian routes.  We are targeting that the development construction will meet high environmental / sustainability standards.

Following the pre-application public consultation process, an application for planning permission will submitted in early 2024.  There will be the opportunity for interested parties to make formal comments on the proposals to the planning authority at that stage.

Depending on how long planning takes to submit and progress, the aim would be to get on site in the first half of 2025 and to open the Arena in 2027.