Over 2750m2 of SAS International metal ceiling systems with bespoke perforations were designed and manufactured as a feature element as well as a high performing acoustic solution for the new Ordnance Survey building in Southampton. This new three storey building has been designed by architects, Broadway Malyan, to be energy efficient with low environmental impact as well as cost-effective to maintain. The building has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Lakeside Ceiling and Partitions and SAS International worked closely to deliver an acoustic solution for the suspended ceiling that would meet aesthetic requirements and acoustic demands.
The magnificent Atrium had numerous bulkheads around the perimeter all cloaked with six lined perforated plasterboard. The challenge for SAS International was to emulate this affect in metal to provide aesthetic continuity with the gypsum board bulkheads. SAS International’s acoustic suspended metal ceiling was designed with a unique pattern to answer these aesthetic demands yet still provide outstanding acoustic qualities.
The 600 x 600 System 120 metal ceiling from SAS International provides a matching face pattern to the plasterboard and includes acoustic fleece lining for Class A sound absorbing insulation.
To further ensure consistency of design throughout the building and continuity to match the finished look of the different materials used, the metal tiles were finished with a fine textured architectural powder coated paint. The result is a similar look and feel of emulsion of the plasterboard bulkheads.
The square clip-in metal ceiling tiles are supported from a concealed SAS Spring Tee suspension grid to provide a flush finish. Because the tiles are clip-in and downwards demountable upward pressure can be applied to remove stubborn marks without disturbing the tile.
The lifespan of these metal ceiling systems is in excess of 25 years with only very basic maintenance. This provides the durability and longevity that many clients are increasingly demanding.