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Finnieston is an area of Glasgow, Scotland. Situated on the North bank of the River Clyde between the city's West End and the city centre. "Finnieston" is home to the SECC and SSE Hydro, where many musical concerts, sporting events and conferences are held. It is also the location of Glasgow City Heliport, home base of both the Police Scotland air support unit and the Scottish Ambulance Service "Helimed 5". "Finnieston" does not include any part of Argyle Street and is not between Anderston and the West End. Kelvingrove is the area from Finnieston Street towards the West End and Yorkhill. Check area with Glasgow City council
The village of Finnieston was established in 1768 on the lands of Stobcross by Matthew Orr, the owner of Stobcross House. Orr named the new village "Finnieston" in honour of the Reverend John Finnie, who had been his tutor.
The area has had a significant change in land-use since deindustrialisation. Previously, Finnieston was an area of warehouses and docks — the film Deathwatch (a.k.a. "La Mort en Direct"), used this aspect extensively in location shots.
Today Finnieston has been promoted and built up as a modern residential and leisure area, mirroring Shoreditch in Greater London. To this end many new bars and restaurants have been established. There is modern housing, office, retail, leisure and arts & culture developments. Finnieston Street is a major junction on the Clydeside Expressway, and on 18 September 2006, was augmented with the addition of the Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde.
In 2016, Finnieston ranked first in The Times list '20 Hippest Places to Live in Britain' and The Herald claimed it the 'Hippest Place in Britain'
Exhibition Centre railway station, on the Argyle Line, was previously known as Stobcross station. Built by the Glasgow Central Railway and opened in 1894, it was closed in 1955. When it was reopened in 1979 it was called 'Finnieston' until it was given its current name in 1986. A separate Finnieston railway station of the Glasgow City and District Railway was opened in 1886 but is now disused. However, the line is still in use as part of the North Clyde Line.
In 2013 the SSE Hydro opened next to the SECC and welcomed over 1 million visitors per year to the venue and surrounding area. In 2016 the SSE Hydro boasted the title as 8th largest venue in the world.
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