Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

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Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Facade of SECC, 2004
Address Exhibition Way
Finnieston, Glasgow
G3 8YW
Scotland
Owner SEC Limited
Inaugurated 27 November 1985 (1985-11-27)
Renovated 2000
Opened 6 September 1985 (1985-09-06)
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)
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor 23,355 square metres (250,000 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting 4,431 square metres (48,000 sq ft)
Parking 1600 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilities 3 cycle racks, six spaces each[2]
Public transit access Exhibition Centre railway station
Website Venue Website

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, located in the district of Finnieston on the north bank of the River Clyde, 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.

Since the opening of the original buildings in 1985, the complex has undergone two major expansions; the first being the Clyde Auditorium in 1997, and then the SSE Hydro Arena in 2013.

Development history[edit]

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.

Main Building[edit]

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 from the local press and thus to general usage, "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.

The Clyde Auditorium with the main SECC building behind it

Clyde Auditorium[edit]

Main article: Clyde Auditorium

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[edit]

Main article: The SSE Hydro

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[edit]

On 6 September 2008, it played host to the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008.

The 59th International Astronautical Congress was held here between 29 September and 3 October 2008. IAC 2008 was organised by the British Interplanetary Society.

The SECC also hosted the MOBO Awards in September 2009 and October 2011.

In 2008 and 2009, it played host to Grand Prix snooker.

Dates
11 October 2008 to 19 October 2008
3 October 2009 to 11 October 2009

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.[3]

The SECC staged The Scottish Golf Show in 2009 and 2010.[4]

Between 2010 and 2012, the SECC hosted the Glasgow audition stages of the ITV singer search programme The X Factor.

The SECC also hosted the Fantazia Big Bang on 27 November 1993. World class DJ's played there, including Carl Cox, Bass Generator in front of 12500 Ravers.

Series Number Date
7 9 June 2010
8 6 June 2011
9 11 June 2012

The venue annually stages the popular BBC Good Food Show[5] run by BBC Haymarket Exhibitions attracting almost 20,000 visitors.[6]

The SECC will host various events in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Coatbridge boxer and current WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns has fought at the SECC in Hall 4 on 22 September 2012, 7 September 2013 and 1 March 2014.

Between 2007 and 2013, it played host to the Premier League Darts.

Year Week Date
2007 Week 8 22 March
2008 Week 1 31 January
2009 Week 9 2 April
2010 Week 9 8 April
2011 Week 6 17 March
2012 Week 6 15 March
2013 Week 8 28 March

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SECC Car Park". City Parking (Glasgow). Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Getting to the SECC by Bike". Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ "The Girls' Day Out Show at the SECC in Glasgow". Retrieved 2011-03-17. "SECC Events - Girls' Day Out Show" 
  4. ^ "The Scottish Golf Show at the SECC in Glasgow". Retrieved 2011-03-17. "SECC Events - The Scottish Golf Show" 
  5. ^ "BBC Good Food Show". BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  6. ^ "ABC Product Page". Audit Bureau of Circulation. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Television Centre
London
Eurovision Dance Contest
Venue

2008
Succeeded by
TBA

Coordinates: 55°51′39″N 4°17′17″W / 55.860849°N 4.288120°W / 55.860849; -4.288120