Just days to go

24 Sep 2013

The brand new SSE Hydro has successfully reached practical completion, all ready for the grand opening concert with Rod Stewart on 30 September.

The new arena which opens next week was handed over yesterday evening to SEC Ltd by the project's main contractors, Lend Lease.

John Sharkey, CEO, SEC Ltd said: "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.  We are delighted with the efforts of Lend Lease and the entire project team who have worked to 100 percent capacity to enable us to open the building as planned with Rod Stewart next Monday.

"Today's news, coupled with us just receiving the occupation certificate, public entertainment license and full premises license, means that we are now in great shape for a brilliant opening week.  As the finishing works to the SSE Hydro are applied, we look forward to revealing Scotland's new home of live entertainment to everyone very soon."

Gordon Anderson, Executive General Manager said: "It is with great pleasure that I can today confirm the practical completion of this project and I'm proud to finally hand over the keys to John.  The Hydro has been both a hugely challenging and incredibly complex project to deliver.

"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.

"I'm looking forward to taking my seat at Rod Stewart's opening concert next Monday evening. I'm positive that the other people attending on this night will agree The Hydro was worth every ounce of effort."




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