The Client

West Riding FA, in Woodlesford, Leeds, is the not-for-profit, governing body of football in West Yorkshire. It provides the administrative platform for the development and regulation of the grassroots game across the County.

The Brief

Since West Riding FA converted to a 3G all-weather pitch two years previously, demands for its facilities – both inside and out – have been at an all-time high. But although its exterior facilities were excellent, the West Riding FA Board prioritized that the interior space – which hosts visiting local teams and international professional/semi-professional teams, corporate functions and celebrations – was in need of an urgent upgrade to match the superb outdoor facilities.

The Solution

It was agreed with the client that the bar area; accessibility; and security, required urgent attention along with the staff kitchen and toilets. It was also established that the whole building needed a more contemporary look and atmosphere – in line with the needs and expectations of the community and corporate partners.

A new, contemporary bar with LED lighting was fitted to replace the former bar; function rooms and door thresholds were upgraded to provide wheelchair access; and new automatic entry doors with enhanced security and improved accessibility were installed. Function rooms had their existing metal work replaced with new stylish black frames and glazing, and internal oak doors with vision panels were installed. A grid ceiling was fitted across all four function rooms to enclose services and wiring to give a clean finish, and new LED light panels were installed to give a brighter look.

The staff kitchen was extended and smart white units installed to increase storage and provide more floor space. For business and social guests, Ben Johnson Interiors supplied flip top tables on castors, with stackable chairs for easy removal to an on-site storage space so the areas can always be used easily for other purposes.

Additional practical measures, for instance, exterior doors to a function room, were suggested and installed. The result is a great interior venue to match the external facilities.


Sector: Sports
Location: Leeds
Size: 3800sqft
Scope of work: Design, Fit-out and Furniture

About the client

West Riding is the Governing body of football in West Yorkshire, it provides the administrative platform for the development and regulation of the grassroots game across the County.