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Building Products July 2017

PRODUCT PROFILES | EDUCATION BUILDINGS University ceiling gets grill-style design feature 20 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JULY 2017 Educated choice for Gateshead school Having undergone a refurbishment programme to improve the building interior, Joseph Swan Academy in Gateshead has been transformed into an eco-friendly school thanks to Knauf AMF’s THERMATEX ceilings. THERMATEX Fine Stratos ceilings were installed in the classrooms, offices and in the main hall. By installing a ceiling with high sound absorption and sound attenuation it is possible to control the level of reverberation and provide a healthy acoustic environment required to increase speech intelligibility. THERMATEX Fine Stratos offers the highest class of sound absorption, Class A, and exceed the BB93 guidelines for sound absorption in schools. Offering acoustic performance and Class A2 fire safety, THERMATEX Thermofon ceilings was the choice for the dining hall. THERMATEX Acoustic Hygena ceilings were chosen for the school’s kitchen. Areas where food preparation takes place have strict hygiene requirements. Amanda Connolly, Knauf AMF specification manager, said: “To meet the deadlines, it was important for us to work closely with our local distribution networks and the contractors to ensure everything ran smoothly. We are delighted to have been part of this project and to have delivered on time and on budget.” www.knaufamf.com/en/ The £16.1 million six-storey Laidlaw Library at the University of Leeds, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students at any one time, has had its 800m2 wood grill ceiling for the undergraduate library building created by Hunter Douglas. The library was designed by Manchester-based ADP architects as a “highly sustainable landmark building” that improves the students’ learning environment. A dedicated team provided expert advice to the architects and contractors on the specification and worked closely with them to ensure that any issues were resolved quickly and easily. The ceiling comprised a preassembled grill of five slats each measuring 20mm x 55mm, which were threaded on to black dowels to maintain their structural integrity. An industrial-style finish was specified, so the grill ceiling fitted the bill and no acoustic materials were used to fill the 55mm gaps between the slats. Rob Grundy, technical manager at Hunter Douglas, said: “The modern design of the building meant that the ceiling in the large, light space where it was installed was stained white RAL 9010 to complement the colour of the lights and surrounding fittings. African Ayous was specified because its even grain texture lends itself to being painted or stained.” www.hunterdouglas.com Carpet tiles help keep students feet on the ground Students and staff at Oldham Sixth Form College will reap the benefits of Array carpet tiles from Heckmondwike’s Creative Range in its Student Support Hub. 750m2 of black Array carpet tiles were chosen due to their aesthetics and durability. Jeremy Broadhead, commercial manager at Heckmondwike, explains: “Array was a great choice by Oldham Sixth Form College. It’s a really hardwearing carpet that is suitable for heavy traffic areas and will retain its attractive appearance for many years to come.” Heckmondwike’s Array carpet tile range features a mid-width rib design and a charcoal background enhanced with a subtle linear pattern. The range comprises 12 colour options including peacock, blue, black, red, lime, purple, agenta, copper, emerald, fuchsia, marble and violet. All Heckmondwike’s products such as Array can be cut on-site without the risk of fraying, allowing individual flooring designs to be created and installed with ease. As with the rest of Heckmondwike collection, Array carpet tiles offer antistatic and anti-slip properties, along with acoustic and thermal performance. www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk Door closer makes schools safe British designed and manufactured, Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers from Samuel Heath deliver benefits for educational learning and accommodation buildings. Meeting all relevant fire performance and accessibility requirements, Powermatic door closers also help to create safer buildings and reduce maintenance costs. Being totally invisible when the door is closed and having few parts on show when the door is open, Powermatic is less likely to be vandalised than surfacemounted devices. This reduces the risk of a fire door being rendered inactive by a damaged door closer and means that maintenance or repair costs are minimised. www.concealeddoorclosers.com


Building Products July 2017
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