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The wonder wallers

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The National Drywall Awards, organised by the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors and sponsored by Lafarge Plasterboard, recognise the very best in drywall design and workmanship. This year's winners are shown below LEISURE Avery Associates' IMAX cinema in London's Waterloo for the British Film Institute was a clear winner. Tackling the problems posed by height, acoustic specifications and the circular design of the building, the contractors were set a technically demanding challenge.

The design incorporates a completely circular twin stud wall, while the foyer uses a mix of raked walls and curved ceilings.The cinema is described by the judges as a 'virtuoso achievement and an amazing demonstration of drywall design'.BDL Group was the drywall contractor and Mace was the main contractor.

A special commendation was awarded to the Madejski Hotel, designed by architect Alan Cotterell Practice for Reading Football Club.


The Wills Building in Newcastle by Wildblood Macdonald for Wimpey Homes Holdings incorporates a number of different drywall systems, including load-bearing and nonload-bearing partitions. It tackles problems associated with height, fire and sound protection. The project provides an excellent example of the way modern drylining methods can be used to bring a new lease of life to period buildings. W A Browne was the drywall contractor.


Fleet House in London, designed by Space Projects for Bee Bee Developments, combines new build and refurbishment.Drywall is the key material contributing to the interior effect and the light that floods into the building emphasises the quality of the workmanship.BWDL was the drywall contractor and MMM Shopfitters the main contractor.


The special innovation award for the Barclays RFS Virtual Services project in London by Gensler acknowledged the extensive use of curves, notably in the egg-shaped meeting room, which demanded great accuracy in setting out the ellipse.London Drywall was the drywall contractor and Interior PLC was the main contractor.


The British Airways World Cargo Centre at Heathrow by WS Atkins Consultants sets new records for drywall construction. The massive warehouse has more than 80,000m 2of floor area. Giant, internal fire wall partitions rise 35m and run some 300 m along the length of the building. The scale of the project is remarkable, as is the exceptional workmanship.

The judges commented that very few drywall contractors could have undertaken such a project. Measom Dryline was the drywall contractor and LMK joint venture the main contractor.

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