JLG supplies Scotland’s newest venue
By Sarah Ann McCay21 May 2014
Scotland’s latest major venue, the SSE Hydro arena, part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, has chosen a JLG lift for assistance with essential maintenance work to its ceiling and lighting system.
Designed by London-based architects Foster + Partners, the venue hosts national and international music, as well as global entertainment and sporting events. The facility can accommodate up to 13,000 people. The roof of the arena spans 394 ft in a shallow dome of diagonally latticed steelwork that stands 148-ft-high.
Building services manager Jim Milne was charged with purchasing the right piece of access equipment for the venue. He selected the JLG 1500SJ telescopic boom lift.
Milne was already familiar with JLG products because the SECC owns three JLG 660SJ boom lifts and several scissor lifts for servicing the SECC campus.
Arena employees also received two days of onsite training on operating the 1500SJ.
The 1500SJ offers a reach of 150 ft with a telescopic jib, while enabling Milne and his team to access 90% of the area needed in the new arena.
Since its purchase, the 1500SJ has been used for loading and unloading equipment and materials for events. Outside, the machine provides access to high-level lights positioned around the circumference of the building. It’s used to clean the external surfaces of the translucent film that wraps the building.