While team selections are a matter of constant debate in the world of professional football, the choice of Ecophon ceiling systems for the fit out of new corporate facilities at arguably the world’s biggest club has met with virtually universal approval.

The Quadrant Development at Manchester United has filled in two corners of the Old Trafford ground between existing stands to create new corporate facilities. It has been built by Laing O’Rourke with the Miller Partnership from Glasgow being the architectural practice leading the design team.

The consultants’ concept was to create light and airy spaces with uninterrupted views from both inside and out, a requirement that has been met by employing Ecophon’s Focus Quadro and S-Line systems in creating rounded downstand beams to contain both the air conditioning and down-lighters.

The Project Architect for the Miller Partnership, Mr Campbell Dickie, recounts: “We have infilled the north east and north-west corners of the ground to create new corporate dining and entertainment spaces. We employed Ecophon because we have always received good technical back up.”

“The most crucial aspect to the specification here was the aesthetics of the project; with the whole frontage of the building in glass. We had quite a lot of ventilation ducting to get in and the radiating pods – [like fingers of an open hand] – contain those ducts. We pulled them back from the perimeter of the building, using the Quadro and the S-line to achieve the right visual appearance.”

The installation was carried out by Gariff Construction of Trafford Park, Manchester.

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