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SECC Glasgow Exhibition & Conference Centre

Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Strathclyde, western Scotland

post updated 15 December 2023 ; 12 August 2023

Glasgow Arena

Glasgow Armadillo
SECC Glasgow building © Richard Davies, photo from Foster & Partners, Architects

SECC – Scottish Conference Centre

SECC Box Office can advise on ticket available for events / concerts

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SECC Arena unveiled in October 2005

SECC Arena
aerial picture of SECC Glasgow complex with Armadillo © webbaviation

Glasgow SECC architect : Foster + Partners

SECC – Glasgow Conference Centre

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Location: Clydeside, Glasgow, Scotland

Date built: 1995-97

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 arena © Richard Davies, photo 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 Glasgow skyline.

Armadillo building design by Foster + Partners
exterior facade of the SECC Glasgow © Richard Davies, photo from Foster & Partners

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.

SECC Glasgow
River Clyde view of SECC © Richard Davies, photo from Foster & Partners

Visitors approach the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre 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 SECC auditorium and an associated network of break-out and exhibition spaces. The SECC Seating Plan is free of columns.

Clyde Auditorium – all SECC Glasgow photos

SECC Building

SECC Glasgow Photo
Armadillo © Richard Davies, photo from Foster & Partners

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre 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.

Glasgow SECC Construction

Client: SECC + Glasgow City Council
Architect: Foster & Partners

Consultant Team:
Gardiner & Theobald
Sandy Brown Associates
Eric Marchant

SECC Events: 0870 040 4000

SECC Glasgow
SECC Arena © Richard Davies, photo from Foster & Partner

Glasgow SECC Arena

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 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.

SECC Glasgow Box Office 0844 395 4000

SECC Urban Village


In March 2004, Elphinstone unveiled plans to build Scotland’s tallest building in the city centre. The 39-storey building is planned on the site of the old Strathclyde Regional Council HQ at the junction of India Street and St Vincent Street.

If approved, the 440ft skyscraper would top the Red Road flats – Europe’s tallest homes at 328ft – and what is now Scotland’s highest structure, the Glasgow Millennium Tower at 416ft.

QD2 at SECC site:

The Finnieston Crane just East of the SECC Glasgow is A listed. The North Rotunda and Custom House are B listed.

Architecture in Strathclyde

Glasgow Transport Museum

River Clyde Pontoon
A pontoon, intended to help attract new and additional river traffic on the River Clyde, was created in 2003-2004. The £516k Clyde Pontoon is located on the Broomielaw at the end of York Street. It is part of the regeneration strategy for the River Clyde being carried out by Glasgow City Council and a range of public and private partners.

Commonwealth Games

Glasgow Strathclyde

EICC – International Conference Centre in Edinburgh

Glasgow Restaurants

SECC : phone 0870 040 4000

Ingram Street Property Development
65-97 Ingram Street Merchant City
image courtesy of Artisan Real Estate
65-97 Ingram Street Glasgow

The Foundry Cathcart housing development
The Foundry Cathcart housing development
image courtesy of Cala Homes (West)
The Foundry Cathcart housing development

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