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Glasgow adds 12,000 seat arena to city’s riverside venues

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The SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) Hydro arena has held its first week of events, beginning with four nights of Rod Stewart. The opening night deadline was met despite a fire in the roof during the final few weeks of construction, which threatened to delay delivery by contractor Lend Lease. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Chief Executive Officer, John Sharkey, said:

Everything about this building is world class. The engineering is fantastic, the architecture is outstanding, the acoustics tremendous. We have a host of large scale and high profile events planned, such as the World Gymnastics Championships, to the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup, where we will be looking forward to welcoming around one million people per year to The SSE Hydro, from the World.

The Foster and Partners design competes visually with the Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo) and adds to the eye candy along the Glasgow waterfront. Built on the site of the former Queen’s Dock, the £125 million arena has a seated capacity of 12,000, rising to 13,000 with a seated and standing configuration. Around one million people are expected to attend approximately 140 music, sport and comedy events at The SSE Hydro each year, placing it alongside the likes of the O2 and Madison Square Garden as one of the busiest venues of its kind in the world.

In keeping with recent trends, the façade uses LED lighting to light up the Glasgow river front with a colourful glow. The distinctive elliptical sloping shape offers the optimum balance of viewing angle and distance from the stage.

Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners said:

With its vast steel roof and capacity for 13,000, this is the largest performance arena that the practice has designed – operationally, it allows performers a great deal of freedom in staging events, and visually, its form helps to capture the excitement of a concert. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with SECC once again, almost 18 years since we were first commissioned to design the Clyde Auditorium. The SSE Hydro has been a great team effort and it is fantastic to see the arena come to life for its first concert.

The 1,400 tonne steel diagrid roof, one of Europe’s largest free-spanning roof structures, is held aloft by a circular array of angled concrete fins, which support a tilted seating bowl, designed to draw the audience close to the stage and provide the best possible viewing angles from every seat.

The whole building can function as a huge screen for projections, and every aspect of the state-of-the-art lighting system can be programmed, allowing performers great creative freedom to shape the venue, inside and out. Inside the seating bowl, the stage lighting rig was similarly developed with performers in mind and evolved through discussions with production crews – weighing 260 tonnes, its size and circular form allow maximum flexibility.

The circulation spaces run around the perimeter of the performance bowl. Here, the façade is more transparent to draw in natural light, animating the building with the movement of people and exposing the dramatic structure that supports the tiers of seating within. The spaces are protected from solar gain by a frit pattern, applied to the ETFE cushions.

Foster + Partners worked with graphic designer, Per Arnoldi to devise a bold primary colour palette for the circulation spaces, and the cushioned seats were developed specifically for the project with the manufacturer.

Designed to reduce energy demands, the building combines natural and mechanical ventilation – fresh air is drawn into the building above the entrances, and vented at a high level. The SSE Hydro is integrated with the district-wide public transport and the surrounding landscaping provides a valuable new civic amenity – the building is set back from the river to frame a new public space between the arena and conference centre. In addition, a low concrete bank curves around the base of the arena, concealing catering and support spaces and providing an attractive green, landscaped plinth.

Arup was appointed by the SECC to provide civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, public health and fire engineering; as well as BREEAM assessor, transportation planning and specialist lighting services. Martin Surridge, Project Director at Arup said:

This is probably one of the most complex buildings ever constructed in Scotland but definitely one of the most rewarding. 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 SSE Hydro comprises a 127 metre roof span, with its spiral form creating a shallow silver dome standing 45m at its highest point. During construction, Arup claimed, its roof erection sequence saved significant time and money, and minimised the time that the workforce spent working at height.

The building’s unique ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluroethylene) façade is made up of translucent cushions which allows natural light to illuminate the foyers during the day and the arena to ‘glow’ at night. Tom Doyle, Project Director for the SSE Hydro’s owners and operators, SECC, said:

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. 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.

Jonny Petrie, SSE Director of Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship, said:

We have been working with our fantastic partners at the SECC for a few years now and it’s great to see all the amazing work they have put in come to fruition. We are really excited about this partnership. The sponsorship is of a scale that we haven’t experienced before and we are looking forward to all the opportunities it will present and continuing our great relationship with the SECC for the benefit of our customers.

AEG Facilities to run Wembley Arena following Competition go-ahead

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AEG Facilities has had its application to run Wembley Arena approved by the UK’s Competition Commission. The completion of the 15 year deal with owner Quintain Estates and Development plc sees AEG increase its offering of live entertainment and sport in London in top venues along with its five-year contract for outdoor concerts and events in Hyde Park.

On the announcement, Rod O’Connor, Executive Vice President, AEG Facilities, Europe said:

Wembley Arena holds a special place in the hearts of music and live entertainment fans. It enjoys fame on a global scale and we are delighted to welcome it into our portfolio of elite and iconic venues and to have the opportunity to support it with our experience in operating many of the world’s most successful live events venues.

Quintain’s Wembley Park estate is currently undergoing a remarkable transformation and we are proud to be a part of a development that will not only benefit fans, but also the local community. This deal marks a new chapter in Wembley Arena’s illustrious history and we are committed to delivering the very best experience for fans, artists and partners.

Purchased by Quintain in 2002 as part of a deal in which it bought 44 acres of former exhibition lands around the old Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena sits at the heart of Quintain’s ongoing project to revitalize Wembley Park with the creation of new shops, homes and leisure facilities. The agreement with AEG will attract many more live events and people to the area who will enjoy the world famous venue alongside other new attractions including the new 4* Hilton London Wembley Hotel, which opened last July, and the London Designer Outlet – the first of its kind within the M25 – which will open on October 24th.

James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer at Quintain, said:

This is fantastic news for Quintain and for London, the biggest market place in the world for live music. AEG is the world’s leading venue operator and we look forward to AEG bringing the world class content, world class customer experience and the operational expertise they have demonstrated at The O2 to the iconic and much loved Wembley Arena. The new partnership with AEG comes at an important time for Quintain, just 8 weeks before we open London’s newest retail destination next to Wembley Arena – London Designer Outlet. We can now offer visitors to the Arena a much more rounded experience with shopping, dining and even a stay overnight at the Hilton London Wembley. The two attractions combined should drive over 8m visitors a year to the Wembley Park area, creating jobs and many new exciting opportunities.

AEG’s application to run Wembley Arena was passed to the Competition Commission in March and then provisionally cleared in July before receiving the final approval in September.

LA Forum relaunch will be Californian celebration by the Eagles

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The Forum in Los Angeles will open on 15 January 2014 following a $100 million revitalisation. Just over one year after The Madison Square Garden Company acquired the Forum in Inglewood, California, the company announced its extensive plans for the venue including working with Chase as Presenting Partner. James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company, said:

Since we first explored the opportunity to acquire the Forum and expand The Madison Square Garden Company’s presence on the West Coast, our vision has been clear: return the venue to its celebrated position as one of the most beloved and well-known venues in the country for the benefit of the community, fans and performers for generations to come

Irving Azoff, the Eagles’ manager and founder of Azoff Music Management, stated:

The Forum is an iconic Southern California landmark and with the vision of The Madison Square Garden Company is sure to become the world’s quintessential music-focused venue. Since the 1970s, the Eagles have a long and rich history with the Forum. The building has played an important role in the growth and development of the band from their early Southern California roots to becoming a worldwide touring phenomenon. With its unsurpassed acoustics and warm intimate arena experience, it’s always been the band’s favorite building to perform in and we’re anxiously looking forward to kicking off the next era of the Forum this January.

The Forum expands MSG’s footprint to the West Coast, and adds a seventh venue to the company’s portfolio of venues. The Forum will book a broad scope of events with a focus on music and entertainment, including concerts, family productions, award shows, television/film productions, as well as a few select sporting events.

BBB Architects is directing the Forum revitalisation, which is inspired by the venue’s original 1967 design, and includes upgrades to the entire venue site. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl will be completely modernized and feature flexible seating, ranging from 17,500 seats to 8,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of events. The arena will be updated with state-of-the-art, technically advanced support systems featuring a unique ‘sky deck’ to accommodate the largest touring concerts, productions and events. Fans will enjoy one of the largest general admission floors in the country, with approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and bathrooms. A tinted glass wall will separate this concession area from the arena floor; ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance.

Forum VIP customers will have access to the historic Forum Club, which will be completely re-imagined with thematic music-inspired detailing, and the new Chase Lounge.

The Madison Square Garden Company claims that the new Forum, designed with artists in mind, will have seven star-calibre dressing rooms that feature upgraded amenities.There will be a dedicated area for production and touring crews, which will include an exclusive dining space.

Among the key features that will be resurrected in an effort to replicate the original design is the exterior colour of the venue, which will be repainted to the 1960’s California sunset red.

The 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounding the perimeter of the building will offer upgraded food and beverage amenities to elevate the guest experience. A distinct and iconic Forum marquee that reflects the architecture of the venue will be located at Manchester and Prairie.