The Lioness, Wembley

Pacific Building showed the pride of a lion when they completed their second major project at Wembley Stadium as principal contractors.

Following on from the Three Lions bar complex, which was signed off in October 2017, Pacific delivered The Lioness gastropub and Centre Circle members’ lounge at the end of 2018.

The experience of masterminding the Three Lions – reportedly the largest bar in the United Kingdom in terms of area and capacity – stood the firm in good stead as they handed over this latest project to the clients on time and on budget.

Pacific also drew on their vast experience of working in high-profile public environments where tight tolerances and demanding schedules are paramount.

The company’s managing director Brian Gallacher said: “Pacific played a great one-two at Wembley, and I am proud of the performance our team put in on The Lioness and Centre Circle.

“This project required some considerable thought and application on the part of our staff, as we were effectively creating a bar and exhibition space in one – it’s unlike anything else we have completed before.

“In 2017, the Three Lions opened to great acclaim – no doubt The Lioness and Centre Circle will be just as well received, especially bearing in mind the fact that they have been wound into the Tours experience at the stadium.

“I am pleased that so many hundreds of thousands of people will get to witness at first hand the results of Pacific’s expertise and dedication in the years to come.”

The Lioness is a contemporary space that delivers a relaxed atmosphere and a delicious gastropub menu, while the members’ area seats offer stand-out stadium views to ensure a truly memorable match day experience with friends or colleagues.

With a capacity of 1,000 people (500 seated), The Lioness boasts three bars as well as an innovative self-serve beer station.

A unique installation of graphic displays, photographs, trophies, models, and football memorabilia, showcasing some of the greatest Wembley moments sits at the heart of the pub. This installation and The Lioness will also now form part of the Wembley Stadium Tour Experience.

Making sure the new space was flexible was a key element of the work. It needed to fit in with the rest of the tour experience but also evolve in a hospitality venue so it didn’t feel like you were sitting in a museum space.

Different lighting levels and drop down screens help create a successful tour experience then at a flick of a switch the display memorabilia becomes a backdrop when the gastro pub is in operation

See this showcase of the project that was featured in Premier Hospitality magazine to find out more about it.

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