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Armstrong Ceilings offers community groups a new beginning

The manufacturer has launched a competition where a project can win up to 250m2 of tiles and grid, as well as three days of free installation

The use of its new Dune eVo tile on a recent, volunteer-run project has prompted Armstrong Ceiling Solutions to launch a competition via social media which gives a community organisation the chance to win a new ceiling.

The next generation, ultra-green Dune eVo tile was specified by Maber architects for a new bunkhouse for the Drum Hill Scout Campsite in Derbyshire. The tile, which is reportedly 100% recyclable, is said to provide superior visuals and improved acoustic performance through a new surface which is both brighter and smoother.

The new bunkhouse signifies a new beginning for the delighted Derbyshire scouts now Armstrong wants to offer the same opportunity to other community groups through its #eVoNewBeginnings campaign.

The competition prize is up to 250m2 of Dune eVo tiles and grid plus up to three days of free installation by a member of Armstrong’s national network of approved Omega installers. The competition is open to any non-commercial project in the UK and Ireland that serves the community

The #eVoNewBeginnings campaign will run on the Armstrong Ceilings’ social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest) throughout May (when the Drum Hill bunkhouse is officially opened) as well as June (Dune eVo’s first-year anniversary), with competition entries judged by two internal and one external judge from Armstrong’s charity of choice, Rays of Sunshine. The winner will be the one that ‘most captured their imagination’.

Speaking about the new Dune eVo tile, scout leader and associate director at Maber Lee Smith, said: “I think it’s another advancement for the ceiling tile in terms of the specification and the acoustic delivery.

“As a long-time specifier over the past 12 years working in architecture I trust and know the Armstrong product range will deliver what we want, giving us quality and robustness within our budget range.”

On volunteering his time and expertise, he said: “The project is difficult to value due to the generosity of numerous local companies and volunteers giving their free time. If we had approached a main contractor to deliver it would probably be in the region of £600,000 to £700,000 to deliver the scheme.”

Kevin Leahy of Peveril Interiors, who installed Dune eVo at the scout bunkhouse, said: “It has been a rewarding project for us. The Scouts association is giving young people from all backgrounds shared experiences that will really equip them with skills that will last a lifetime. To play a small part in that feels pretty good.

“Adding the new Dune eVo tile to the range has gone down really well with both the clients who value the aesthetics and performance and our installation teams who value the new tougher edge which gives a much better installation experience.”

Volunteer camp site manager and project manager Lesley Upton said: “I think it’s amazing what can be done by volunteers giving their time and companies supporting us to provide an outstanding building.”

To be in with a chance of winning a #eVoNewBeginnings for your community space, complete a short entry form about the project, detailing why it should win and uploading a photo of the existing building, at www.new-beginnings.com.

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