Arsenal Emirates Stadium, London

Durability and Aesthetic considerations lead to SAS International metal ceilings and architectural metalwork being used throughout the new stadium.

Key features




Arsenal Football Club


HOK Sport

Main contractor

Sir Robert McAlpine


MPG Contracts Ltd

Completion year


System type

SAS150, SAS750 Tubeline, Service Bulkheads, SAS330

Area M2



United Kingdom

Product Groups

Premiership football club Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium is a landmark building in north London. It forms part of a larger urban regeneration project in the area. With seating for 60,000, the recently completed football stadium is England’s third largest facility. SAS International was delighted to have been chosen to provide metal ceiling solutions for the project, which was designed by architects HOK Sport.

The concealed grid (SAS150) suspended metal ceiling from SAS International was used in the main hospitality circulation areas, above retail outlets, as well as above the management suites, offices, press workrooms, and changing rooms. A linear grid ceiling system (System 330) was used in all the hospitality bars, restaurants and private boxes, with the SAS Tubeline ceiling system used in the general admission toilet facilities.

Tubeline is an aluminium, linear tube system ideal for creating feature ceilings and provides a clean, modern look.

In addition, SAS International created bespoke architectural metalwork including a large sloping metal bulkhead incorporating flat screen TVs and concession signage running at high level continuously around the concourse areas. Matching metal casings for the waste bin units, in Arsenal’s distinctive team colour red were also supplied. Durability as well as aesthetic appeal were both important considerations. SAS metal ceilings have an expected lifespan in excess of 25 years, they do not do not require re‑decoration and are incredibly easy to clean. The polyester powder coating ensures durability as it is not susceptible to paint chipping, accidental damage, and has a high level of scratch resistance.

Charles Cooke of HOK Sport, explained we “used SAS330 to create strips of service access within the large plasterboard ceilings in the restaurants and collected together all the ceiling mounted services on these strips to maximise the amount of uninterrupted plasterboard ceiling we would be left with. We choose Tubeline in the GA toilets as it provided us with a fully demountable ceiling system that dealt well with the radial shape of the rooms. The ‘bespoke’ metal bulkhead was achieved by utilising components from within the SAS product range this proved cost effective, quick to install and looked great.”

The overall construction was carried out under a design‑and‑build contract by Sir Robert McAlpine, with MPG Contracts as the ceiling installer. The stadium opened as planned in July 2006 in time for the start of the 2006–07 football season.

Systems used