The majority of the conference will take place at P&J Live, but we will also have a welcome reception at the city's Town House and the conference dinner at the Beach Ballroom.
P&J Live at TECA
The P&J Live will be the main conference venue used for The Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference. This new and modern conference venue was completed in September 2019 and boasts outstanding sustainability credentials.
P&J Live has achieved an excellent rating in BREEAM which is the highest environmental standard possible and are proud to be the most sustainable venue of its type in the UK.
Some key sustainability features include:
- A network of over 7km of new footpaths serves the site, connecting it to surrounding areas
- Over 29,000 trees and shrubs have been planted on-site
- P&J Live has been designed to be a living environment to attract people and wildlife to the area
- P&J Live is powered by Aberdeen's food and garden waste
- 98.8% of all materials have been reused on-site
Directions: The P&J Live is located next to the airport, to the northwest of the city. It is serviced by the Jet Service 727 Bus which is operated by Stagecoach. As the main link from the city centre to the airport, this service runs every 10 minutes during peak times and has a Live Tracker which is accessible through the Stagecoach App.
Aberdeen City Council will host a Civic Reception on the first night of the conference at the impressive Town House. All conference delegates are invited.
Aberdeen's Town House dates from the 1870s and incorporates elements of the previous Town House and Tolbooth.
A proposal that sandstone be used was abandoned when John Fyfe offered to supply the Council with his Kemnay stone at a preferential rate.
The result is a building, by architects Peddie and Kinnear, that expresses the confidence of a mature granite industry. The tall, dominating tower is a major landmark in the city and the arcading is a particularly impressive street-scape feature.
The building is situated in the main city centre and provides a connection between the old burgh of Aberdeen, in the form of the Tolbooth, and the new-found confidence and wealth of the 19th century merchant city.
The interior detailing of Town House predominantly dates to the mid-19th century remodeling of the site and is of very high quality, especially to the municipal rooms. It demonstrates the wealth of 19th century Aberdeen. The detailing includes a splendid geometric staircase leading to a magnificent double height hall at the first floor and Heraldic decoration to the ceiling.
The Conference Dinner will take place at Aberdeen's iconic Beach Ballroom and will include a traditional Scottish Ceilidh - giving attendees the chance to experience live music and dance on one of the finest dance floors around.
The Beach Ballroom is a Category B listed Art-Deco building on the sea front of Aberdeen, it is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors which floats on steel springs which gives dancers extra bounce when dancing in the Ballroom. It opened in May 1926 and regularly plays host to music and dance events, conferences, weddings and boxing bouts.
Famous acts to appear at the Beach Ballroom include The Beatles, The Small Faces, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Joe Loss, Ken Mackintosh and more recently The Ordinary Boys.