The Emirates Stadium, the state of the art home of Arsenal FC, was designed by architects HOK Sport and has a capacity of 60,000.
The materials chosen give a clear reading of the building's function, the aspirations of Arsenal FC and the supporters' passions. The toughened glass plank facade at podium level responds to the more robust environment of large crowds, and glazed and woven steel mesh screens overlap the exposed concrete of the vertical circulation cores. A metallic under-clad roof seemingly floats above the exposed concrete seating bowl.
Formica Limited was delighted to have supplied over 1,000 sheets of High Pressure Laminate (HPL) for the interior, including Formica® Compact for the players’ changing rooms and general admission toilet facilities.
Formica® Compact is a versatile, high performance grade of laminate that is hard wearing and easy to maintain. Unaffected by high levels of humidity and heat, Formica® Compact is ideally suited to washrooms and sporting facilities. The striking Spectrum Red Formica® Compact echoes Arsenal’s distinctive team colour.
Charles Cooke at HOK Sport commented: “We chose Formica® laminate because of its durability, appearance and fitness for purpose”.
Many of the ‘back of house’ reception desks and print journalists’ and photographers’ bespoke workstations, along with press desks in the seating bowl, were also fabricated using HPL from Formica Limited bonded to an MDF substrate.