Manchester United Training Ground

The Project

Frameless Glass Curtains For Manchester United Canteen Extension

The first-floor canteen at Manchester United’s prestigious Carrington Road training ground HQ has been modernised and significantly extended thanks to the installation of a large ‘Clearline’ aluminium sliding/folding door installation designed and installed by Kent-based, glazing construction specialists Frameless Glass Curtains Ltd.

The ‘Clearline’ installation consists of two sets of sliding/folding glazed curtains forming a newly enclosed extension to the Premier League Club’s canteen. The second set of doors opens from this area onto a balcony overlooking the training ground.

The opening served by each of the Frameless Glass Curtains (FGC) door sets is approximately 11.2 m wide and 2.9 m tall. It is spanned by 18 sliding/folding panels (curtains), each having a width of 0.8 m. The inner set of doors are single-glazed incorporating 10 mm toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ while the outer set leading onto the balcony, are doubled-glazed incorporating 6 mm toughened Pilkington Optiwhite™ as the outer pane of the insulating glass unit and  4 mm toughened Pilkington K Glass™ as the inner pane, delivering a high level of thermal efficiency.

The Frameless Glass Curtain sliding/folding door installation is unique in that instead of solid metal mullions between the panels, there is a toughened glass spacer (patent pending) together with a PVC bubble gasket. Consequently when the door is closed the joints become almost invisible.

The result is a truly ‘frameless’ glass curtain that gives a totally uninterrupted view to the exterior whether the door is open or closed. It was this clear-view quality that made Manchester United decide to use FGC for the canteen extension.

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Project Details
Opening Date
01 Jan 2013
Building Type
  • Entertainment
  • Education
About the Architect/Installer
Frameless Glass Curtains Ltd
Benefit Led Categories
  • Thermal Insulation