Created by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners, who
also designed the SECC's Clyde Auditorium, Scotland's new national
arena will hold 12,000 fully seated and will be the largest
entertainments venue in Scotland. To be known as The Hydro, the
SECC national arena is the only one of its scale in the UK built
specifically for concerts, conferences and events.
Once complete The Hydro will become a new landmark on Glasgow's
skyline. Modelled on Greek and Roman amphitheatres, the 45m
tall building, with its distinctive silver dome, will stand higher
than the neighbouring Armadillo. Translucent materials used in the
facade will cause the building to appear to glow at night.
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Like the Clyde Auditorium, The Hydro has been designed from the
inside out. Visitors will enjoy outstanding viewing angles from
each of the 12,000 seats in the fixed, tiered and demountable
seating system and the acoustics will be of the highest standard.
There will be a wide range of food and drink outlets as well as a
club seating area and VIP boxes, each capable of
accommodating 12 people. There will also be restaurants, bars and
Scottish Enterprise will contribute £25m to the project.
The QD2 masterplan will enhance and transform the 64-acre site into
a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex of
significant national scale and make the SECC a world-class
venue. The new facilities will enhance Glasgow and Scotland's
tourism offer, specifically business tourism, and the arena will
play an integral role in the 2014 Commonwealth Games as the
home for both gymnastics and the netball finals at the games.
The Hydro is one of the first major developments to be
undertaken in the SECC's QD2 master plan which has the potential to
inject an additional £131 million per annum into the local economy
and create 2,449 jobs. The current economic impact of the SECC is
£347million per annum with 1.5 million visitors a year.
The 12,000-seat arena will be the largest entertainments
venue in Scotland and the only one of its scale in the UK built
specifically for concerts and events. The Hydro will play
host to around 140 events each year, including national and
international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major
comedy stars and sporting events. The arena has the potential to
inject an additional £131 million into the local economy.
The Hydro will be in the top five busiest indoor entertainment
arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square
Gardens in New York and The O2 in London.
Scottish Hydro has committed to invest £1.5 million per year
over the next 10 years. The Scottish company, which has been
supplying energy to the nation's homes and businesses since 1947,
is proud to be investing in Scotland's cultural heritage and will
in turn provide a high profile association with live entertainment,
bringing real benefits for customers.
Work is underway on the site.
In September 2010 SECC announced that AEG Facilities have been
appointed to create an event programme for the new venue in advance
of it opening in 2013.
Lend Lease were appointed to build the auditorium and
began work in February 2011. Considered one of the UK's
leading project management and construction companies, Lend Lease,
who previously worked on the SECC and the Clyde Auditorium, fought
off stiff competition during a formal tender process.
In November, the temporary supporting tower was successfully
removed, leaving the huge domed roof self-supporting.
Early in 2013 the first two ceiling layers are being put in and
the house lights are being fitted.
A giant three-tiered steel rig is being constructed in the
centre of the arena, from which all the lighting and the speakers
will be hung when the Hydro opens.
Started on site Feb 2011. The venue is due to open on 2 September 2013.