Client: Rangers Football Club
Project Manager and Principal Designer: Turner & Townsend
Designers: 442 Design
Refurbishment and Fit-out: Elmwood Projects
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 and audio, bar equipment and graphics / branding / wayfinding.
Finishes chosen for the new hospitality facilities were dark and 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 the bar shelving, storage, a welcome desk, furniture and banquette seating etc. The largest, key pieces of joinery were the bar gantry and booth seating, all of which were 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-19.
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.