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SECC Arena Glasgow

Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre – ‘Glasgow Jellyfish’ – Strathclyde events / concerts

26 Jan 2011

Scottish National Arena Glasgow

Scottish National Arena
Scottish National Arena image © Foster + Partners

Major building adjacent to SECC designed by Foster & Partners was due to go on site in February 2010. The contractor is Bovis Lend Lease.

Address: Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

SECC events / concerts : Phone 0844 395 4000

SECC Arena

Fosters, Scotland Inside the Arena, Seating
Glasgow Arena pictures © Foster + Partners

Architects: Foster & Partners
Scottish National Arena design unveiled 27 Oct 2005

Scottish National Music Arena to receive £15m towards its construction – yet to be approved by Glasgow City Council – triggering funding of £26m, mainly from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. The Scottish National Arena will be UK’s third largest indoor venue. 8 Dec 2006

Scottish National Arena at the SECC

Foster and Partners are designing this £50m concert arena at Glasgow’s SECC, Scotland. The 12,500-seater Glasgow arena is the first major development of the QD2 project, created as a national arena for Scotland and designed to be among the finest entertainments venues in Europe.

The new Glasgow Arena will be situated to east of the existing SECC complex. Seating for events will be in a mix of fixed, tiered seats and flexible demountable seating systems.

Glasgow Arena SECC Arena, Image
Glasgow Arena images © Foster + Partners

Whilst the Scottish National Arena will focus primarily on entertainments events, its flexibility will enable it to stage large and small concerts, children’s shows, ice shows and sporting and other spectator events. It will offer the public an enhanced entertainments experience; there will be a wide range of food and drink outlets throughout the arena to keep queuing times to a minimum as well as a number of private boxes that can each accommodate up to 12 people who can wine and dine in comfort before and after a concert or event at the SECC.

The Glasgow Arena core business will come from the transferral of concerts and events from the original SECC halls. Crucially, it will free up Hall 4 for conference and exhibition purposes and in particular, bring to an end the costly and time-consuming process of building and dismantling temporary seating for events, which effectively lost SECC Glasgow 70 days in Hall 4 in 2002/2003.

It is projected that the Glasgow Arena will open in 2007. Currently Hall 4 at SECC Glasgow is Scotland’s largest concert hall with the capacity to stage concerts / events of up to 10,000, but it is essentially an exhibition hall successfully adapted to take concerts, its multi-purpose nature having drawbacks.

Adjacent to The Armadillo at the SECC by Foster & Partners

SECC Box Office can advise on ticket available for events / concerts
events / tickets: 0844 395 4000

SECC Arena Architects : Foster & Partners

Armadillo Glasgow

SECC – Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Clydeside, Glasgow, Scotland

World-class corporate events increasingly demand venues that can stage presentations on an epic scale. Few facilities offer a flexible mix of spaces for conferences, exhibitions, live performances, concerts and corporate functions at every level from the intimate to the vast. The SECC Glasgow is the first venue of its kind on this scale in the UK and one of only four in Europe capable of seating more than 3,000 delegates.

SECC Foster & Partners Glasgow
Glasgow Arena: © Richard Davies, photos from Foster + Partners

Within the context of a very tight budget, the challenge at the SECC was to create the most economic enclosure for all the components of a complex brief – auditorium, exhibition halls, concourses – which form the setting for what might be thought of as ‘industrial theatre’. The solution is in the spirit of the shipbuilding traditions of the Clyde and the site on Queen’s Dock. The Glasgow SECC takes a flat sheet material and employs it to clad a series of framed ‘hulls’, which wrap around the disparate elements, including the auditorium fly-tower. These overlapping, aluminium-clad shells – reflective by day and floodlit at night – create a distinctive profile on the skyline.

Industrial theatre requires a neutral, highly serviced environment, which can be transformed to accommodate a wide variety of events. Accordingly, the SECC conference hall is technically state-of-the-art – complete with wings and full back-stage facilities – but is flexible enough to allow large trucks to be driven directly onto the stage. The main SECC theatre provides electronic delegate voting systems, simultaneous translation, projection facilities and sound control booths.

Visitors approach the SECC from the east, entering beneath a canopy formed by the arc of the building’s roof. From the registration area they may enter a 300-seat conference room or go up to the first-floor foyer, which connects with the auditorium and an associated network of break-out and exhibition spaces. The SECC Seating Plan is free of columns.

SECC : Summary

SECC Glasgow, Photos SECC Glasgow
Armadillo Glasgow – SECC from river © Richard Davies, photos from Foster + Partners

The SECC building provides a symbolic form, which brings a focus to its location and represents Glasgow. This has helped to strengthen Glasgow’s reputation as an international business destination, enabling it to compete with conference and exhibition facilities around the world.

SECC : Foster & Partners win Glasgow SECC II

Foster and Partners has won the contract to create an additional £50m concert arena at Glasgow SECC. The 12,500-seater Glasgow arena is part of a plan to transform the 64-acre SECC site into a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex.

SECC Glasgow
Glasgow Arena © Richard Davies, photo from Foster + Partners

SECC Glasgow opened in 1985 with the Armadillo or Clyde Auditorium added in 1997. Glasgow is now Europe’s fastest-growing conference destination, regularly beating other cities such as Paris and London for business. The SECC is the UK’s largest integrated conference and exhibition centre.

All images of ‘Armadillo’ by photographer Richard Davies

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