Engineer appointed to multimillion-pound project at pioneering venue development

CGI of one door gives indication of its huge scale

Bolton engineers Booth Industries has secured a multimillion-pound contract to design, make, and install two huge acoustic doors at the new Manchester International Festival venue, The Factory.

The contract, with Laing O’Rourke, is for vertical sliding doors which will provide acoustic separation between adjoining rooms within The Factory.

Weighing more than 80 tonnes each, they will be manufactured at Booth’s site in Bolton, creating a number of jobs.

Mike Jenkinson, Booth Industries managing director, said: “Booth is a long-standing supply chain partner of Laing O’Rourke and both teams have been working closely together as part of an early engagement order to design these complex, engineered, over-sized doors.

“The initial designs are based on existing Booth intellectual property, which has been further developed to meet the stringent sound attenuation requirements of The Factory project.

“The striking architectural design and features of the building are set to ensure that the venue becomes another landmark in Manchester and we are proud to be part of the legacy it will create.”

Booth Industries is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stainless Metalcraft and part of Avingtrans PLC’s process solutions and rotating equipment division.

Austen Adams, divisional managing director at Avingtrans, said: “This is more good news for Booth, following hot on the heels of its landmark contract to supply cross-tunnel doors for HS2.

“The specialist, highly-engineered doors being developed for The Factory each weigh more than the Space Shuttle so, unsurprisingly, developing the designs, translating those designs into manufacture, and then installing and commissioning them, involves a wealth of engineering challenges.

“With a strong pedigree in the sector, overcoming such challenges is something Booth has become synonymous with over the years, allowing customers to benefit from the team’s wealth of experience and expertise at every stage of the process.”

Work will begin on the contract this month, with delivery expected in Summer 2021.