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.’