Belfast Telegraph

Building firm in league of its own after £3.2m Arsenal refit

By Anne Madden

A Belfast refurbishment company has scored in the premier league of construction after completing a £3.2m contract at the home of Arsenal Football Club in London.

Portview finished the redevelopment work of a section of the Emirates Stadium - a premium tier of 7,000 seats plus bars and restaurants.

The new facilities were completed in time for Arsenal's first home game of the 2010/11 football season.

Angus Kinnear, Arsenal Football Club's marketing director, said: "Portview has delivered our vision for the redevelopment of areas of Club Level through luxurious facilities finished to the highest specifications, which will set the standard for others to follow.

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"Their professionalism, flexibility and one team approach ensured that this project ran smoothly throughout the tight 11-week window for the build.

"We are sure that the ticketholders in these areas will appreciate the attention to detail in the transformation of the Club Level."

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."

Portview was established in 1975 and employs 55 people.

Despite the tough economic conditions, Mr Davison said the order book for 2010 is very healthy.

"Last year we completed contracts across the UK and Ireland worth £14m," he said.

"This year turnover looks set to top £22m with a number of high profile and exciting projects in the pipeline."