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In pictures: Fire breaks out on Foster's Glasgow 'Hydro' arena

An investigation is underway into the causes of a fire that broke out on Saturday within the roof space of Foster + Partners’ ‘Hydro’ arena project in Glasgow

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received repeated calls from the public shortly after 3.20pm on Saturday, dispatching local fire crews from five nearby towns, reported sister title Construction News.

Contractor Lend Lease is building out the £125 million arena, which will seat 12,000.

The Hydro building is located at Exhibition Way, next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered a ‘developing’ blaze within the roof space of the building and requested specialist high-reach machinery to tackle the situation.

A total of 40 firefighters attended the scene. No casualties were reported.

A cause for the incident has not yet been established, but the investigation is being carried out in conjunction with Police Scotland.

In tackling the initial blaze, SFRS group commander John Rae said: ‘The initial firefighting actions and tactical decision-making from the first attending crews prevented the fire from spreading far more rapidly than it did and thus limited the damage caused.

‘Fires within the roof space of any building gives major problems to firefighters, especially in terms of access, and this was a new building under construction with an unusual design.’

Work began on the 45 metre-high structure in February 2011.

The centre roof section was lowered into place in a five-day engineering operation in May 2012.

The venue is nearing completion, with opening scheduled for September.

Lend Lease said any damage appeared to be ‘superficial’, adding that the contractor had been given the go ahead to restart work and that an investigation into the cause was underway.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre said the client was ‘grateful for the attendance and professionalism’ of SFRS, and was pleased that no-one was hurt.

‘Lend Lease are assessing fire and water damage, remediation and programme implications in the week ahead and will advise us once they have completed their work.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • I can add to this as a snap happy observer of the structure merely hours before the incident, incidentally.

    The latest photo on my way home from the Govan Fair on my latest photoalbum revealed its calm nightly setting at dusk, despite being driven 'furiously' past it over the traffic-lighted ‘Squinty Bridge', hence the camera-shake, onto the Broomielaw (yes, the road where the "Fast & the Furious 6" stunt filming was shot earlier in the year: figures).

    My photoalbum focussed on metals (as a theme) so an apt collection of new and old delights in the material over the course of 2 nights.

    see here http://photos.kevinscotttoner.co.uk/#!album-88

    A little earlier, on my way to the Govan Fair from North of the River Clyde on foot, running, I also made sure to snap a reciprocal shot of the Hydro, looking back at the 'Squinty Bridge’ in a panorama shot among a slowly growing context of iconic metal structures etc.

    Stopping to get these shots meant that I had to run non-stop between shots - as mapped here http://goo.gl/maps/GomJU - to catch the unveiling of the reconditioned Sir William Pearce statue (aka the Black Man) scheduled for 7.45pm, before a subsequent Parade kick-off, another enjoyable journey. Let’s call the run ‘The Black Man Challenge”, a veritable 10th of a marathon over a 30min period... One for the GSA foundation course Freshers perhaps!

    Enjoy the photos, there’re fire brigades in mines too!

    Here’s a shortcut though straight to the panorama focussing on the Hydro from a distance http://photos.kevinscotttoner.co.uk/#!album-88-252 among other distance shots of 1) Zaha’s ‘Riverside’ Museum with shipyard cranage and a Glenlee all in silhouette; and 2) a special 32x zoom shot of the Millennium Tower from Pacific Dr.

    Who knows, maybe the Hydro shots could even provide a clue in the investigation!

    Particularly the second last photo, which incidentally [it’d just dawned on me] is preceded by a shot of a ‘parading’ fire engine, probably one of the fire-fighting engines as photographed on this AJ article; the other omen being that the actual Hyrdro shot shows the tangent point at the eaves-line where the fire occurred [wait for it] in the foreground of a little bit of available red sky !

    ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s [or sailor’s] delight’

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