ASM Global


20:20 Limited


Building Acoustics

Lighting Design


Cultural and Sport

AO Arena The Beautiful North VIP Suite

OR Consulting is employed by ASM Global to act as acoustic engineers and lighting designers for the £50m phased redevelopment of Manchester’s AO Arena.

The development will be completed in three phases. The first phase, recently completed includes the upgrade to hospitality areas including the Beautiful North Suite.

The Beautiful North combined three existing premium suites into one to create a premium area with own private bar, food service and views of the stage.

The project design included:

  • The assessment of the external noise impact of a new high-volume entrance to the Arena.
  • The design of adaptable specialist lighting to serve VIP areas facilitates adaptable usage during event and non-event periods.
  • The development of the lighting design and lighting control scenes to prevent the Concourse lighting detrimentally impacting on the Arena.

The project was a winner of the ALSD Spotlight 2023 Awards.

Photo credit: Nathan Larkin