Blackpool Football Club’s maintenance team has specified 1000 square metres of Swish Building Product’s low maintenance cladding as part of a refurbishment to the canopied walkway and entrance at Bloomfield Road.
Lowline Ceilings was contacted by Blackpool FC to develop the system, which used the cladding as a suspended ceiling.
It was vital that the ceiling wouldn’t corrode and could withstand the adverse seaside weather. A PVC-U system was specified after the original aluminium ceiling had deteriorated badly as a result of weathering, corrosion and wind-damage.
Neil Pankhurts, managing director of Lowline Ceilings, commented: “We have nearly 40 years’ experience as a suspended ceiling contractor but this was a unique one for us. We’ve used this type of product only once before, for a porch on a modular building but we thought we’d ask the question of our supplier.
Working with our Swish Area Manager, Stuart Davidson and the company’s Technical Manager, Dave Osborne we were able to create a system which met the brief including the client’s request for ‘no visible end to end joints.’”
Having developed a prototype using 150mm wide boards, Swish Building Products manufactured bespoke 8.5m long cladding boards which formed the majority of the order.
Where the product had to be fitted around features, 7.5m lengths were used. In some areas this saw the cladding chevron in and around corners. The cladding was screwed onto a metal furring system using 150mm widths secured at 400mm centres.
Neil Pankhurts continued: “This was very much an unusual installation but we would definitely do it again. We couldn’t have recommended anything better; it was the best product to use, installed using the best possible method.
We know that we secured the order off the strength of the product. Working with an established business like Swish, one with a good reputation and a well-presented parent company also helped us seal the deal. We now have one very happy client.”
The refurbishment was deemed a vast improvement, which will withstand the adverse weather effects of the club’s coastal location based just 100 yards from the sea.
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Pioneer House, Mariner,
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