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Thursday 5th of September 2013
It is going to be one of the best venues in the world and Car Hire Glasgow Airport are keeping their fingers crossed it receives the full safety certificate. This is because there is some great confirmed musical talent performing there later in the year.
The new Hydro concert arena in Glasgow may not have a full safety certificate until the day before Rod Stewart is due to open the venue in front of 13,000 fans, bosses at the complex have admitted.
The man in charge of the project John Sharkey has said there is no plan b in the situation of no certificate being issued for the concert on 30th September. He said, “It was within touching distance of completion, but there is a hell of a lot still do for the grand unveiling”.
The grand unveiling consists of a press conference and VIP reception to unveil the venue, taking place a few days before the concert. Designed by the world renowned London practice Foster & Partners, work started in February 2011, but legal difficulties and a fire in June have put the opening back.
Mr Sharkey said: “We are sticking to the 30 September deadline. Our plan B is basically to stick with plan A. There’s a hell of a lot still to do, but a lot has happened over the last few months. The final stage is getting a safety certificate and a licence, but we haven’t set a deadline for when we need that. It could be the day before. If we don’t get that we won’t be able to get a licence to open. We don’t have any contingency plan at all and we haven’t set any alternative dates aside with Rod Stewart. It’s not something we’re planning for.”
The building cost £125 million to construct and has been created to become one of the worlds top concert arenas alongside the O2 in London and Madison Square Gardens in New York. Acts due to perform over the coming months are Fleetwood Mac, Boyzone, the Proclaimers, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode and the Arctic Monkeys.
John Langford, director of concerts and events at the SECC, said: “We want to attract about 140 events a year to the Hydro and we have 107 planned between now and the end of 2014, before we even open.”