SMG Europe has secured a contract from Leeds City Council in the UK to operate the new £60m Leeds Arena in West Yorkshire.
Under the deal, SMG will start the interior fit-out process for the site and will equip Leeds Arena with bars, restaurants, staff and ticketing offices and other facilities.
After completion, Leeds Arena will be a new music and entertainment venue with a capacity to accommodate 13,500 people.
Leeds Arena’s fan-shaped interior will optimise sight lines with all seats facing the performance area, bringing spectators closer to the show.
The arena’s external honeycomb design will offer improved sight lines and feature an LED lighting system.
The multi-purpose facility has been designed to meet the changing requirements of different events, which could include sporting or theatre events.
In 2009, the council appointed Arup as planning agent and technical advisor for the project, which supported BAM Construction during the delivery phase of the arena, which began in 2010.
UK-based engineering practice Arup also worked alongside organisations including Populous, IPW and Davis Langdon to complete the scheme.
Arup said the handover of site to SMG marks the end of the construction phase of the project.
Arup project director Jim Bell said the arena will be a world-class venue for music lovers, whilst satisfying strict requirements on limiting noise breakout.
"This project presented many technical challenges due to restrictions caused by the tight site, which is also located in a residential area," Bell said.
Leeds Arena is expected to open in July 2013.
Image: Leeds Arena will be a new music and entertainment venue and house 13,500 people. Photo: Courtesy of Arup.