Heradesign proves it’s tough enough inside and out
The Albion Street neighbourhood in Southwark, London is undergoing an extensive regeneration programme. A new school building for Albion Primary fulfils a central function in helping achieve the council’s ambitious plan. The Ofsted Outstanding rated school has expanded and is now a valuable local venue and community resource. HERADESIGN® ceilings from Knauf AMF are installed throughout the new building to meet the aesthetic and acoustic demands of this innovative project.
The Surrey Docks peninsula, which historically was home to nine dockyards, provides a rich and diverse culture which the Albion Street area has benefitted. This varied heritage has informed the architect’s approach to the design. Haverstock architects worked in partnership with Morgan Sindall.
HERADESIGN® is safe to use in semi-exposed external areas which is one of the reasons Haverstock Associate Partner Tim Bystedt specified it, “HERADESIGN® has an interesting texture and is available in the neutral colour we wanted for the underside of the entrance canopy and outside stairwell. It was easy to install and did not require any painting or plastering which helped keep costs down and the project on schedule.”
HERADESIGN® is a range of ceiling tiles and wall absorbers manufactured from sustainably sourced wood-wool with a unique, organic aesthetic that can be made to match any colour as ceilings, fins, rafts and wall absorbers to product visually stimulating interiors. HERADESIGN® is a cost-effective solution for heavy duty areas and offers the highest Class 1A impact resistance.
HERADESIGN® offers more than just durability which is why HERADESIGN® ceilings and wall absorbers are fitted in the school’s sports hall. Getting the acoustics right in sports halls can be a challenge. The hard surfaces typically fitted in a hall are designed to withstand impact but have poor sound absorbency. Acoustic control can be achieved by installing sound absorbent materials. HERADESIGN® is robust and offers Class A sound absorption which is ideal in schools to provide a hard-wearing finish and ensure compliance with the acoustic standards of Building Bulletin 93.
Architect Tim Bystedt explains how the installation of the ceiling above the services made an important contribution to the design of the sports hall, “Our priority was to maximise the sense of height in the space in the Hall and whilst we liked the rhythm of exposed beams and didn’t mind the exposed services, we wanted to cover the underside of the steel decking. By fitting the HERADESIGN® directly to the soffit we were able to improve the acoustics and conceal the decking but also maximise the height. By having the services exposed, the access for maintenance is not compromised and it was also more cost effective as we didn’t have to cut a ceiling around all the vents, sprinkler lights and other services.”
The chosen colour palette enhances the interior design for the school. Tim went on to explain, “Internally the whole building is very neutral with flashes of colour. The school wanted the building to look and feel ‘grown up’ to allow the students to make their mark. Externally, we wanted to use a limited palette of materials with the bricks, zinc, window splays and coloured fins playing a prominent role. HERADESIGN® in a neutral colour enabled us to achieve this vision.”
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