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Glasgow Hydro venue complete and will open on time

An artist's impression of the Hydro building, which organisers have said is complete and set to open on schedule. Picture: PA

An artist's impression of the Hydro building, which organisers have said is complete and set to open on schedule. Picture: PA

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

SCOTLAND’S new £125 million concert hub has been successfully completed and will open on time.

The keys for The Hydro venue in Glasgow have been handed over to the operator Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited.

Rod Stewart will be the first performer to grace the stage of the 12,000-seat arena at its opening night on Monday.

John Sharkey, chief executive of SEC Ltd, said he was delighted with the project team that had worked to “100% capacity” to finish the building on time.

“Building our new arena has been a very complex project, with a big team behind it and not without its challenges including the fire that broke out on site during a key stage of the construction,” he said.

The blaze in June caused damage to the roof of the arena, which is located next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the Clyde.

Mr Sharkey said operators had received the necessary licences for the venue.

“We are now in great shape for a brilliant opening week,” he said.

Gordon Anderson, executive general manager of main contractor Lend Lease, said The Hydro had been a “hugely challenging and incredibly complex” project.

“It is with great pleasure that I can confirm the practical completion of this project and I’m proud to finally hand over the keys to John,” he said.

“That we are standing here at this incredible venue is testament to the hard work, professionalism and diligence of not only the Lend Lease team working on the project, but also the entire workforce and supply chain involved in the project since the first foundations were constructed in February 2011.”

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