Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
|Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre|
|Inaugurated||27 November 1985|
|Opened||6 September 1985|
|Construction cost||£36 million|
|Former name(s)||Scottish Exhibition Centre (planning/construction)|
|Classroom-style seating||400 (Loch Suite)
100 (Seminar Suite)
72 (Gala Room)
|Banquet/ballroom||624 (Lomond Auditorium)
300 (Forth Room)
|Theatre seating||12,500 (Concert Hall 4)
5,852 (Concert Hall 3)
3,000 (Clyde Auditorium)
|Exhibit hall floor||23,355 square metres (250,000 sq ft)|
|Breakout/meeting||4,431 square metres (48,000 sq ft)|
The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC), is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, located on the north bank of the River Clyde, in Glasgow. The venue's holding company SEC Limited, is 91% owned by Glasgow City Council and 9% owned by private investors. It is probably best known for hosting concerts, particularly in Hall 4 and Hall 3.
The Scottish Development Agency first supported the construction of an exhibition centre in Glasgow in 1979. A site at the former Queen's Dock on the north bank of the Clyde at Finnieston, which had closed to navigation in 1969, was selected. Land reclamation works started in 1982 using rubble from the demolished St Enoch railway station. The construction of the SECC buildings began on the site in 1983.
The Main Building was completed and opened in 1985, with a concert by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Hall 1. It later held the Grand International Show in Hall 4 as part of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. In 1990, the SECC was one of the hubs of Glasgow's year as European City of Culture, hosting concerts by Luciano Pavarotti, the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera & Bryan Adams.
Upon its opening, the Centre quickly gained its nickname among locals: "The Big Red Shed", owing to its outward appearance, which resembled a giant red painted warehouse. The nickname became redundant after the Main Building was painted grey in 1997.
The SECC occupies 64 acres (260,000 m2) of land — most of which is surface car parking space — and hosts numerous music concerts, exhibitions and professional conferences. The SECC also has its own railway station, Exhibition Centre, on the Argyle Line of Glasgow's suburban railway network. The 16-storey Forum Hotel (now part of the Crowne Plaza chain) was opened on the site in 1989. In September 1996, a new 5,095 m2 exhibition hall, Hall 3, was opened. In May 1997, the conversion of Hall 1 into the Loch Suite conference venue was completed.
In 1995, construction began on a new building — the Clyde Auditorium — to become part of the SECC complex. Designed by award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster and often called "the armadillo" by Glaswegians, this new 3,000 capacity building was completed in 1997.
Queens Dock 2 expansion
In April 2004, the owners SEC Ltd again commissioned Foster and Partners to design a £562 million regeneration of the Queen's Dock area, under the name QD2 — so-called as this is the second regeneration of the former Queen's Dock area since the centre's inception. This project incorporated The SSE Hydro, a 12,500 seat, £50 million concert arena for the SECC, which opened in September 2013. The centre is also to be served by the Clyde FastLink. The surface carparks to the West of the site will be sold for residential development and land to the east has also been identified for commercial development.
Shows & Events
The SECC held the second Eurovision Dance Contest in September 2008.
The SECC also hosted the MOBO Awards in September 2009 and October 2011.
The SECC also hosted the Girls' Day Out Show in 2009, 2010 and 2012. This event was for Scottish women to enjoy Scottish Fashion, Lifestyle and Beauty, etc. The SECC was the ideal host for this event.
The SECC staged The Scottish Golf Show in 2009 and 2010.
The SECC hosts the Glasgow audition stages of The X Factor.
The SECC will host various events in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- "The Girls' Day Out Show at the SECC in Glasgow". Retrieved 2011-03-17. "SECC Events - Girls' Day Out Show"
- "The Scottish Golf Show at the SECC in Glasgow". Retrieved 2011-03-17. "SECC Events - The Scottish Golf Show"
- "BBC Good Food Show". BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "ABC Product Page". Audit Bureau of Circulation. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- ticketSOUP web site
- Aerial Map of SECC Google Satellite Image of SECC and surrounding area
- Queen's Dock regeneration project
- SECC National Arena project details - Clyde Waterfront regeneration
- Scotland's National Arena Plans for the new Arena
- Arena page at Foster & Partners Link to the Architects of the new Arena
- BBC report on failed Casino bid
- Painting of SECC re-envisioned as a spaceport by Jim Burns
- Painting of SECC re-envisioned as a spacecraft by Frank Wu
- The Good Food Show at SECC venue of Glasgow by Giuseppe Polli
|Eurovision Dance Contest