The Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent makes extensive use of Gyptone for ceilings. Gyptone ceiling tiles and planks have a sound-absorbent tissue bonded to the back and the board comes in four perforation patterns. The requirement for the curved ceiling for the West Mall and the Welcome Hall was, explained Nick Guy of project architects, Benoy, 'a product that offered high quality acoustic performance with a modern crisp appearance'.
British Gypsum set up a full-size mock up of the ceiling. 'It was this kind of willingness to go the extra mile, along with its undisputed expertise and technical backup that won British Gypsum the contract,' says Guy. For the curving sections of the Bluewater ceilings, the architects utilised standard 1200 x 2400mm Gyptone boards alternated with Glasroc Multi-Board attached to a primary support channel, Gyproc mf7, which was fixed to a basic support of steel angles attached to the building's structure.