Architectural Focus: The Hydro in Glasgow

Fri 27th October 2017

“The SSE Hydro plays host to national and international music megastars as well as global entertainment and sporting events. With a seated capacity of 12,000, The SSE Hydro augments the SEC’s existing facilities and stages 140+ events annually.

Attracting an audience of more than a million visitors each year, the venue is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top 10 arenas globally, alongside iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and The O2.

Since opening in September 2013, The SSE Hydro has staged the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the Ryder Cup Gala Concert and the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. It was also a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

London-based Foster + Partners are the architects behind The SSE Hydro.

Built on the site of the former Queen’s Dock, The SSE Hydro is the only UK venue of its scale built specifically for live entertainment. It is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland.”

PPS were delighted to be involved in this project. Each artist that performs there has their name engraved on a polished stainless steel tile.

Originally polished in multi-tonne stainless steel coils before cutting, heat treating and installing to create a unique feature that perfectly compliments the distinctive style of The SSE Hydro.