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SECC unveils new 62m arena plan

27 October 05 15:15 GMT

Plans to build a £62m Scottish national arena on the banks of the Clyde have been unveiled in Glasgow.

Developers said the 12,500-seat venue would be the largest of its kind in Scotland and could generate £50m a year for the local economy and 1,500 jobs.

It will be built next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) as part of its QD2 masterplan.

It is being created by the architects of London's iconic "gherkin" building and the SECC's Clyde Auditorium.

The SECC said the aim was to have the Fosters and Partners building completed by 2009.

Its main focus will be on entertainment events, but it would also be able to host concerts, children's shows, ice shows and sporting events.

Mike Closier, the SECC's group chief executive, said: "This is an arena like no other in the UK.

"I'm thrilled by what Foster and Partners has created and the Scottish public can look forward to enjoying even more concerts in a world-class facility."

A spokesman for the architects said it was an "exciting opportunity" to create a building which would be central to the Queen's Dock redevelopment.

Change appearance

The arena will be built on an area currently given over to car parking.

The front will be clad in a translucent material which could be lit at night and change its appearance to suit individual events.

The leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Steven Purcell, said: "This is a hugely important project that will boost Glasgow's economy and give further momentum to the continued regeneration of the Clyde."

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