Designed by world-renowned architects, Foster + Partners, the SEC Armadillo is a Glasgow landmark that charms conference delegates and concert-goers alike with its unique style and practical, comfortable facilities for up to 3,000.

The SEC Armadillo is a stylish, purpose-built venue and a Glasgow landmark. It was designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners and when it opened in 1997 it heralded a new era for the SEC and Glasgow’s vibrant waterfront.

Meetings, Conferences, Corporate Events & Banqueting

As one of Europe’s leading conference venues, the 3,000 seat Auditorium has staged countless meetings, conferences and corporate events. The fully flexible venue also has the capability to host plenary sessions for major national and international conferences. The Auditorium was carefully designed in order that the ground floor can be used as an auditorium for 1,200 delegates.

Equipped with modern conferencing technology of the highest standard, the Auditorium can be easily customised and branded, ideal for impactful presentations.

Our 17.3m x 4.5m front flown projection screen and soft-edge blended projection systems enable dynamic backgrounds with separate layers for video and PowerPoint giving high impact visuals.

Concerts & Events

With a long history of staging music, theatre and comedy and other events, this 3,000 seat flexible venue attracts international performers year after year.

The Auditorium has first-class technical facilities, access to specialist AV, lighting and sound capabilities and is well placed to meet the demands of the most complex productions. It also has the versatility to host special events such as opening ceremonies.

The venue has multifaceted, comfortable spaces both front and back of house.


Vital Statistics

  • Floor Area – 2,285(m2) / 24,587 (sq ft)
  • Dimensions LxWxH – 41.5 x 39.0 x 26.0 (m) / 136’ 2" x 127' 10" x 85' 3"
  • Capacity – Up to 3,000

Table of Room Specifications And Capacities

Room Audience Floor Area Floorplan
Auditorium - All Floors 3,000 2,285 (㎡) 24,587 (sq ft) -
Auditorium - Ground Floor 1,183 - -
Auditorium - Ground + First Floor 1,951 - -
Auditorium - Ground + First + Third Floor 2,561 - -


Seating Configurations:

  • Stalls capacity – 1,164 (including 18 accessible seats)
  • Circle capacity – 1,384
  • Gallery – 452

There are 18 accessible seats in the Auditorium located at either side of the stalls

What’s Included?

  • Venue support: event management, AV, technical, operational, box office, marketing
  • Front of house stewarding and security
  • 5 dressing rooms, 2 production offices
  • Crew catering kitchen and dining area
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • First aid team


Stage: 18 metres wide x 12 metres deep
Screen: 17.3 m x 4.5 m

Technical Information

  • Load in/load out – vehicle access to stage via covered loading bay
  • Rigging grid consisting of steel beams on 3m centres. 21m above stage floor. Loading capacity 20 tonnes. Forestage grid loading 5 tonnes
  • Main stage: 18m x 12m x 1.2m
  • Large power supplies available throughout venue
  • AV package (projection, comprehensive lighting and sound facilities available)
  • AV technicians
  • Parking – landlines for 2 buses requiring power. Additional trucks and vehicles in rear car park
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