A variety of ceiling systems by Armstrong Ceilings have been specified by architects NORR for the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington.
The £38 million facility, developed as part of the Strategy for UK Life Sciences programme, is designed for for conducting research on biologic products by promoting collaboration between academia, the NHS and industry.
The 5,000m2 medical research centre features laboratory and pilot plant areas, dedicated spaces for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) process, analytical and technological development, clean rooms for research, in addition to offices and spaces for meetings, training and conferencing.
A series of ceiling systems developed by Armstrong were installed in white, to ensure maximum light reflectance. This included Armstrong’s metal systems, which comprised:
The medical centre also utilised a variety of mineral ceiling systems, including:
The products were specified by NORR, who commented that Armstrong systems were chosen for their aesthetics and ‘excellent’ pre-specifications service.
A spokesperson from the company elaborated: “The client is very happy with the Armstrong systems. Quite often ceilings are missed out but the Armstrong systems enhance the space while providing access, ventilation and acoustic performance. The details were very straightforward to create.
“They play multiple parts in the project, from adding interest to a 7m high ceiling, providing easy access and maintenance, acoustics and reducing air intake as the baffles are used to assist the M&E strategy.”
The ceiling systems were installed in the steel-framed building for contractor Interserve, over a three month period by a team of 16 specialists at Interceil.
Managing director Steve Jones said: “The biologics centre development was an extremely exciting project to be involved in. The Armstrong products afforded the installation of high-quality specifications providing excellent performance and stunning visual enhancement to the suspended ceilings.”
Armstrong World Industries Limited
1 George Street,
Uxbridge UB8 1QQ
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