Aberdeen’s new multi-million-pound event complex will be named P&J Live, it has been announced.

The £333 million concert, exhibition and conference centre is due to open near the city’s airport this summer.

DC Thomson Media, owner of The Press & Journal and Evening Express newspapers, has agreed a deal with venue operator SMG Europe to become the complex’s inaugural naming-rights sponsor.

Those behind the project say P&J Live will be a world-class venue for Scotland, boasting 48,000 sqm of event space and a 12,500-capacity main arena, making it one of the UK’s biggest event spaces.

Alan McCabe, editor-in-chief of The Press & Journal, said: “DC Thomson Media is delighted to be making a significant investment in the future of Aberdeen and the north-east by supporting this truly phenomenal venue.

“There’s a lot to be positive about in Aberdeen right now and we see this as big vote of confidence for the region.

“P&J Live will provide a visitor experience far beyond anything seen in the city and will attract visitors from far and wide and give us all an opportunity to shout about what a great place this is to live, work and play.”

The venue is expected to lead to the creation of more than 350 jobs.

Nick Waight, managing director at P&J Live, said: “We look forward to a strong partnership and bringing P&J Live to life, delivering on a fantastic new venue for entertainment, conferencing and exhibitions for Aberdeen and the north-east of Scotland.”