Penbryn function suite, Aberystwyth University

Penbryn function suite, Aberystwyth University

Client: Aberystwyth University
Architect: Gareth Lewis Architects
Main contractor: T O Jones & Sons Ltd
Type of works: design, manufacture and supply of the Hunter Douglas 84R curved ceiling system.

Modernisation and refurbishment of the Penbryn function suite at Aberystwyth University was carried out by main contractor T O Jones & Sons Ltd. Gareth Lewis Architects specified a Hunter Douglas 84R ceiling, finished in White and installed on curved carriers to convex and concave radii to form a waveform pattern. Panels were installed with no joint profile, leaving open joints to maximise airflow and create a feeling of space. The waveform shape of the ceiling added visual interest as well as reflecting and diffusing light from the pendant light fittings, wall mounted up-lighters and natural light from the windows.

The Hunter Douglas 84R ceiling system consists of round-edged panels which are easily clipped onto a curved carrier system to create concave, convex or undulating ceilings. The carrier can be supplied curved with a minimum radius of 1,250mm or alternatively the panels can be curved to a fixed radius of 325mm, achieving dramatic visual effects while also accommodating varying heights. Panels are joined using an engineered panel splice, to provide a perfect joint detail.

Curved 84 R ceilings can be installed by using either a flexible carrier fixed to a former or alternatively by curving a standard carrier. The carrier is provided with prongs to accommodate the panels in standard module of 100mm, creating a 16mm gap between the panels which can be left open or in-filled to create a closed system. The panels are made to measure in any length from 800mm up to maximum of 6,000mm. The panels are available in a range of standard Hunter Douglas colours and finishes. They can also be specified for exterior use or perforated with a non-woven acoustic fleece, where there is a requirement for enhanced acoustic absorption.

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