Armstrong Ceilings’ metal and mineral ceilings have been specified for a new Booths supermarket in Lytham St Anne’s.
The new £4.5 million development has been built on a 37,000ft2 brownfield site and took a total of 20 months to complete, eventually opening in September 2015. The supermarket features oak cladding to the internal steel frame and includes a café, butcher’s and cheese counters.
Armstrong Ceilings’ dark grey Mesh Board metal tiles with Axiom Profile and grid in RAL 9007 were specified for the plasterboard margins in the lower sales area. In addition, Armstrong’s Ultima+ was used on the first-floor back-of-house areas. Ultima+ is the world’s first mineral tile range certified to Cradle to Cradle status.
A total of 3,210ft2 of the Armstrong ceiling systems were specified to meet the tight deadlines for the project and help with the building’s acoustics. The systems were also selected to help the upmarket chain move away from more traditional ceiling designs and comply with the brand’s new standards and guidance.
GWN Contracts installed Armstrong’s 1200mm x 600mm metal Mesh tiles within the plasterboard margins. The tiles were laid diagonally to lead customers’ through the 23,000ft2 main sales area to the deli counter at the rear of the store.
Armstrong specifiers Leach Rhodes Walker, who were architects for the shell construction and internal fit-out, working with main contractor Interserve, have partnered with Booths supermarkets to develop café concepts for its stores.
According to LRW architectural technician Rebecca, Ultima+ was specified in response to Booth’s new brand standards and guidance. The company wanted to move away from a lay-in ceiling and introduce a more industrial feel which also met the access requirement for the services above.
She commented: “As well as the access requirements the Ultima+ ceiling system help with the acoustic issues and the open mesh design also helped with the flexibility of the locations for the feature lighting.
On the fit out, the time scale was an issue to meet the deadline to handover to Booths for their store fittings/merchandising works, also acoustics within the double-height spaces including the café, the ceiling design and approval to café interior design concept.”
The store opened in September last year, creating a total of 90 new jobs.
Rebecca added: “The client was very pleased with the overall appearance. It meets the original brief and as the mesh panels were combined with perimeter details, and plasterboard margins to help break up the large area, it created a really striking design feature.
As Armstrong was already specified on the project it was really just looking through what they had available to meet the brief. It was always preferred to keep all the ceilings with one manufacturer. The ceiling is one of the most successful areas on the project, it was really well received. The fact that it was a proprietary product was particularly appealing.”
Claire Ombler, the area sales manager at Armstrong Ceilings commented: “The finished product looks amazing and everyone is thrilled with the result. Graham Booth was said to be more than happy with the ceilings. This particular store is the flagship store for all the Booths stores hence it is great to hear that Graham Booth is very pleased with the look.”
Armstrong World Industries Limited
1 George Street,
Uxbridge UB8 1QQ
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