Scotland’s largest entertainment venue has opened on the site of Glasgow’s former Queen’s Dock.
The £125m SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) Hydro has a fixed seating capacity of 12,000 but the seats and staging can be configured to accommodate up to 13,000 for seated and standing events.
Arup was appointed by the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) to provide civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, public health and fire engineering; as well as BREEAM assessor, transportation planning and specialist lighting services.
“This is probably one of the most complex buildings ever constructed in Scotland but definitely one of the most rewarding,” said its project director Martin Surridge. “The SSE Hydro will provide Glasgow with an exciting new landmark and position Scotland at the forefront of the global events and entertainment industry. We’re proud to be part of the team that’s brought this landmark building to life.”
The building’s unique ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluroethylene) façade is made up of translucent cushions, originally developed for the space industry which will allow natural light to illuminate the foyers during the day and the arena to ‘glow’ at night.
“The construction of The SSE Hydro’s distinctive roof and ETFE façade, lit by thousands of LED lights, are two of the key features of the building,” said Tom Doyle, project director for the SSE Hydro’s owners and operators, SECC.
“They are prime examples of the innovative spirit and engineering expertise that the Arup team have consistently demonstrated over the many years they have been working on this project. We at the SECC are really proud that the building has achieved this milestone, are confident that The SSE Hydro will be a huge success and thank Arup for being at the centre of the building’s design and delivery”.
The SSE Hydro will be one of the major venues for The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games along with the £108m National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, both designed by Arup.