A combination of metal and mineral fibre systems from Armstrong Ceilings have been specified for use in a new teaching block for a Welsh Medium school, based in upper Swansea Valley.
Designed to BREEAM “Excellent” and BIM Level 2 standards, the new, multi-million pound Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School building replaces a CLASP-type teaching block from the 1970s.
The steel-frame construction, which took 19 months to build, was taken on by Dawnus Construction, as part of the South Wales Regional Contractors Framework. Tight and restricted working spaces on site meant that the project was challenging to complete.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council specified approximately 2,000 square metres of Armstrong’s D-H 700 micro-perforated metal Hook-On canopies, Axiom Knife Edge canopies with Ultima+ tiles, and MicroLook 8 wood-effect metal tiles for the development.
SAM Drylining was contracted to install the Armstrong Ceiling solutions over a five month period. A specialist team of eight coordinated with the other subcontractors on site to complete the project, and Armstrong’s technical team was happy to offer assistance when alterations to sequence or design were required.
The D-H 700 metal Hook-On canopies with acoustic fleece were installed in classrooms, whilst the Axiom Knife Edge with Ultima+ Vector tiles were fitted in other areas throughout the building.
Perla 600mm x 600mm mineral fibre tiles were also specified for installation in classrooms, as well as toilet areas.
In addition, Armstrong’s 1200mm x 300mm MicroLook 8 Lay-In tiles, with a 100mm Axiom Classic profile and an oak wood effect finish, were used in the building’s circulation and break-out areas, and three-storey atrium.
The ceiling rafts in the classrooms enabled the sub-contractors to achieve the desired sound levels, whilst complying with aesthetic requirements. The exposed structural slab was used as thermal mass.
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