MFC Legends Lounge

Project Details

Client: MFC
Client Location: Riverside Stadium
Timescale: 8 Weeks

MFC Legends Lounge Commercial Project

WOODSmith Construction Group’s commercial team were tasked with creating a new hospitality space at Middlesbrough Football Club. WOODSmith’s team worked with Styled Interior Design to complete an extensive renovation of the existing hospitality suite.

The plan was clear: reimagine the lounge as an industrial haven for match day excitement. Flexibility was paramount—accommodating interactive elements like self-serve beer taps and movable food stations for both game days and non-match events. The lounge was tailored for those aged 25 to 55, with a penchant for football, drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere. The desired ambience balanced an industrial business vibe with casual relaxation.

The design blueprint took cues from Teesside’s steel works and the region’s industrial legacy. This motif was woven throughout the space using elements like steel mesh ceiling tiles, rust-effect finishes, concrete-style table tops, and subdued red tones that subtly echoed MFC’s colours. The design aimed to foster a sense of camaraderie amongst visitors.

Big Build

The renovation process was thorough, involving the careful addition of new walls, plastering, updating electrical wiring, putting in new floors, and enhancing the room with decorative touches. 

The standout feature was the creation of a custom self-serve bar, serving as the main focal point of the space, further highlighted with custom LED lighting. The suspended ceiling was expanded to fit in metal grate ceiling tiles that combined the industrial look with practical use. 

The introduction of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring added a touch of sophistication, and a pillar was given a matching look to fit seamlessly with the industrial theme. 

A purpose built kitchenette and serving area was installed, providing increased functionality for guests. A custom media wall was also integrated, fitted with modern technology.

Tight Turnaround

Time constraints were formidable, with the looming dates of football fixtures and concerts.

Furthermore, navigating the room’s shape and central pillars was a balancing act, while ensuring adequate capacity (a minimum of 250) for the addition of a corner hot food servery, two large movable serving stations, and the self-pour bar area.

However, through detailed planning and meticulous execution, WOODSmith Construction successfully overcame these hurdles.

Remarkable Results

The end result is an inviting space with industrial charm that echoes Teesside’s heritage while hosting memorable moments for patrons.

A huge thank you to our reliable and brilliant subcontractors in RTS Joinery, Grieg Flooring and SE Decorators. And, to CORE Systems for their pivotal role in the visualisation of the design, envisioning the lounge through CGI’s and floor plans.


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