Custom metal ceiling systems from Armstrong World Industries have brought form and function to the award-winning transformation of New Scotland Yard.
Armstrong's metal F-H 600 hook-on tiles and swing-down rectangular planks with concealed G-Profile grid and acoustic fleece, and metal T-Clip F tiles with Spring-T grid, were specified by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris architects for the £65 million remodelling, refurbishment and extension of the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police.
With a constrained floor to ceiling height the Armstrong systems met the demands for electrical servicing and lighting while mechanical services, data and small power outlets were installed in a raised access floor void.
As well as the circulation spaces, corridors and lift lobbies, Armstrong's custom micro-perforated metal systems, which perform up to sound absorption Class A, were also used for the ground-floor multi-use and Press Rooms where acoustic absorption and integration of lighting were key design considerations.
Architect Steven McCloy said: "The existing building had compromised and varying ceiling heights with complex service requirements. Due to the constraints of the existing building, tile lengths were manufactured to suit."
"The ceilings are generally acoustic plasterboard apart from the doughnut of service runs on each floor which are made from the Armstrong demountable metal ceiling planks. These have an aesthetic and practical application, allowing the integration of light fittings and so on, and can be demounted for access or change in the future."
He added: "The Armstrong systems were detailed with minimal interfaces with other surfaces, thus avoiding trimming or cutting."
New Scotland Yard has won numerous awards including an AJ Retrofit award for Best office over 10,000m2 2017, Building Magazine's Project of the Year 2017, and the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award 2017, along with a RIBA London Region Award 2017 and RIBA National Award 2017.
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