Hydro roof is lowered into place

04 May 2012

A 330-tonne central roof section has been put into place at Glasgow's new entertainment arena, following a 5-day operation at The Hydro.

Over the five days the steel section was lifted up a 48-metre-high temporary tower by eight hydraulic jacks at a maximum rate of five metres an hour. On Friday it reached the top and was fixed in place.

Described as the most complex engineering feat in Scotland this year, this weeks achievement marks a major step forward in the major building project which will create Scotland's largest purpose build entertainments venue, which will seat 12,000 people.

"The next step involves the positioning of 16 roof segments between the perimeter of the building and the central section. These 36-metre-long segments have been assembled in the SECC car park over recent weeks and are now ready to be put in place. Once they are in place the temporary tower can be removed and the roof will then support its own weight."

The new national arena, at Pacific Quay beside the River Clyde, is due to open in 2013 but construction is already well under way. The building is modelled on Greco-Roman amphitheatres and aims to rival New York's Madison Square Gardens and London's O2 Arena for spectacle and international renown.

The 45m-high Hydro is the designed byof architects Foster and Partners, best known for designing the Clyde Auditorium.

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