Rangers Club 72 Bar & Lounge

 

Project Team

Client: Rangers Football Club

Project Manager & Principal Designer: Turner & Townsend

Designers: 442 Design

Refurbishment & Fit Out: Elmwood Projects

 

Elmwood were appointed by Rangers Football Club to deliver a full upgrade and refurbishment to their Club 72 VIP and hospitality lounge, named in celebration of the club’s famous 1972 European Cup Winners Cup victory in Barcelona. 

The new premium hospitality amenities within the historic venue of Ibrox Stadium were commissioned ahead of Rangers’ 150th Anniversary season in 2021/22. Comprising two separate Bar and Lounge areas, the new Club 72 features contemporary design seating, bars, branding and decoration and incorporates state-of-the art viewing screens and Elmwood’s trademark high quality finish throughout.

Our extensive scope of works for this project began with a full strip out of the existing bars, during which our team took great care to protect the existing building fabric, and particularly safeguard the club’s crest and other artefacts. Our wide experience with Museum and Heritage Fit Outs gives us particular insight into the requirements of working in significant landmarks and historic buildings, and we brought this same standard of care and attention to detail to this project.

Our subcontracted specialists delivered an extensive M&E package plus Flooring, Decoration, Polished plaster, Partitioning and Plasterboard Ceilings. As Principal Contractor we were also responsible for the coordination and management of the client’s directly appointed subcontractors delivering the Loose FF&E, AV & Audio, Bar equipment and Graphics / Branding / Wayfinding.

Finishes chosen for the new hospitality facilities were dark & light vinyl wall coverings plus laminate, MDF and veneer timber slatted wall panelling and a bronzed mirror to the Lounge. The Bar area features Concrete look vinyl wall covering, white tile finish and a polished plaster feature wall.

Elmwood’s bespoke joinery items for the refurbishment included Bar shelving, storage, a welcome desk, furniture & banquette seating etc.  The largest, key pieces of joinery were the Bar Gantry and Booth Seating, all of which was manufactured in modular form to ensure easy transport into the Bar and Lounge spaces (located on the second floor of the Stadium’s Sandy Jardine Stand) and then final assembly and finish in situ. This approach ensured there was no damage sustained to the pieces in transit and also minimised the manual handling risk in terms of weight.

Throughout the works our team maintained discretion and confidentiality to preserve the final unveiling and opening of the new Club 72 as a much-anticipated event for fans and club members, particularly after the Stadium’s complete closure during COVID.

It was a pleasure working with the teams at Turner & Townsend, 442 Design, Arup and Rangers FC to deliver this exciting project and our team was very proud to deliver a welcoming, high quality hospitality suite and a lasting visitor experience.