Belfast firm chips in with Emirates re-fit
Arsenal's long-established ties across the Irish Sea were strengthened with a new addition at the Emirates stadium.
Following the trail blazed by Gunners heroes Liam Brady, Pat Jennings and Frank Stapleton, a Belfast company proved the latest successful signing for the north London side.
Portview refurbishment specialists were celebrating today after completing a multimillion pound fit-out in the Emirates' premier ticket section.
The firm undertook a re-fit of the Woolwich Suite in the ground's Club Level.
That included an a la carte restaurant named the WM Club, a new restaurant called The Foundry and the refurbishment of the Legends Bar.
The £3.2m project was completed in the 11 week window during the off season and was ready in time for Arsenal's first home game of the new campaign.
Portview's Managing Director Alan Davison said: "We're delighted to add Arsenal Football Club to our extensive and growing client list."
"It was great to be involved in a project which celebrates the club's successes and looks to the future by providing cutting-edge facilities for fans."
Arsenal's Marketing Director Angus Kinnear hailed Portview's work.
"Their professionalism, flexibility and one-team approach ensured that this project ran smoothly throughout the tight 11-week window for the build," he said.
"We are sure that the ticketholders in these areas will appreciate the attention to detail in the transformation of the Club Level."
Portview was established in 1975 and employs 55 people. Mr Davison said the company's order book remained healthy despite the economic downturn.
"Last year we completed contracts across the UK and Ireland worth £14m," he said.
"While this wasn't indicative of the fit-out industry as a whole, it's fair to say we're bucking the downward turn in the construction sector due to loyal customers, repeat business and taking advantage of new projects such as the Emirates Stadium.
"This year turnover looks set to top £22m with a number of high profile and exciting projects in the pipeline."