Alice in Wonderland was one of the inspirations for this recent interior redesign by London architect Harper Mackay. Over-sized doors and cryptic signage styled on the Lewis Carrol classic are recurring features of the three-floor project for global internet company Valtech. Huw Williams of Harper Mackay said the huge floor-to-ceiling images adorning the partition walls were chosen to reflect the global nature of the company. Pictures of the Swiss Alps, tropical beaches, waterfalls and Times Square are among the images chosen, which are attached to plasterboard using self-adhesive vinyl. To create the training room partitions Harper Mackay used Blue Thermonda Sheeting, a rippled plastic from Rockwell that is usually specified as a cheap roofing material. The sheeting was screwed to the plasterboard with screws and painted a vibrant blue.
Rippled plastic partitions
Blue Thermonda Sheeting, Rockwell
Universal Blinds, Cellbond, Pilkington
Center parcs gets PVCu ceilings
Bathrooms in 71 villas at the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs have been fitted with PVCu ceiling panels produced by PVC extrusion expert Deceuninck. The project required 9500 m of ceiling system, 9000 m of infill for the profiles, 2000 m of edging trim and 1200 m of support rail. The panels were supplied by Ceilings Distribution and installed by East Midlands Ceilings.
Social use for sliding doors
Coburn Straightaway sliding door gear has been used by Cox Bulleid Architects to provide sliding wooden panels in a social housing refurbishment in Kennington, south London. The two panels dividing bedrooms and living space were lacquered bright orange and were constructed from twin sheets of MDF bonded onto a core of cardboard honeycomb.
G Decorative cladding for deli
Gooding Aluminium's decorative cladding panels have been used in the refurbishment of the deli bar at the Weybridge offices of GlaxoSmithKline. The walls have been clad in a combination of impressionable panels, finished in metallic silver, and glass.
Plasterboard suspension system
USG has launched Donn DXSF, a flat plasterboard concealed suspension system that is compatible with other Donn exposed grids. USG claims it allows for easy integration between different surfaces such as a plastered monolithic border and an acoustical or exposed metal ceiling. DXSF can be used with Donn DXC, the curved version of the plasterboard, and is also compatible with USG's other specialty ceilings systems such as Curvatura and Compasso.
Optima scoops partitioning awards
Optima Partitioning Systems picked up two gongs in the partitioning category at the Association of Interior Specialists annual awards. It won the overall gold partitioning award for its installation for law firm White & Case in London, which comprised single-glazed partitioning fronts, maple doorsets and drywalling. Optima Partitioning also won an award for its single-glazed office front for the London office of another law firm, Slaughter and May. The office front incorporates storage cabinets, joinery and demountable solid BiPanel crosswalls, all of which have been designed to allow for deflection.
Optima Partitioning Systems
NMC extends range of covings
Supplier nmc has extended its range of lightweight Nomastyl ceilings centres and covings with the launch of Nomaclic coving. The company says the four standard coving profiles can be combined to form up to 256 designs. Nomaclic is manufactured in 2 m lengths from high-density extruded styrene and nmc says it can be cut and installed by one person, without the use of special tools. The coving is supplied in a white surface finish, but can be painted using a water-based paint. The materials used by nmc mean the coving is CFC-free and has an ozone depletion potential of zero.
AMF launches three new ceiling tiles
AMF Ceilings has launched three new ranges of ceiling tile. The Silence tile consists of a sandwich panel of two bonded layers of high-density mineral wool and the firm says it provides a high level of sound attenuation as well as good acoustic absorption and fire resistance. Thermaclean S is a high-density tile faced with cleanable PVC-coated foil. It is designed for areas requiring a hygienic finish. The Sky.dot 1200 × 1200 mm tile has random perforations and a lightly textured surface. It can be used with AMF's embossed tee suspension grid and offers good sound absorption and fire resistance.
Mosaic tile fixer
Mosaic-Fix is a new tile adhesive from BAL, designed to fix all types of mosaic tiles. The company says the bright white, non-slip, water- and frost-resistant thin bed tile adhesive is suitable for tiles made of glass, metal and natural stone. According to BAL, the bright white finish of the adhesive means easier grouting, which reduces the appearance of adhesive residues in the grout lines. It can be used in swimming pools and power showers and can be used on most surfaces including MDF, overlaid timber floors and boards.
Building Regulations courses
The National Interior Specialists Training Group is holding one-day management training courses on the 2002 amendments to the Building Regulations. The course specifically covers regulation changes affecting building interiors. The Building Regulations covered are Regulation 7 and Parts B, E, F, H, J, K, L, M and N. The courses are being held on 2, 10 and 16 October in Bristol, Crawley and Manchester and cost £174 + VAT for non-members.
What's the spec?
DEGW’s interior design for BP’s new restaurant is intended to function as a workplace and a relaxation area. Mood lighting, intimate booths and red leather banquettes offer a cosy dining experience; meanwhile, desk-high tables and network connections in lamps and partition fins allow staff to work in comfort. A mixture of fixed and flexible furniture and fittings allows the interior to be changed from intimate spaces to large presentation areas. Among the movable items are tilting tables, stackable chairs and a sliding partition that conceals a projector screen and two 50-inch plasma screens. In keeping with BP’s Damascene conversion to the environmental cause, DEGW specified a host of green products, including recycled timber flooring and tables made from yoghurt pots and coffee cups. To get the message across to staff and visitors, nature photographs from BP’s own image collection have been printed on panels that are hung around the restaurant. Project team
Wallcoverings revive 1960s chic
British Gypsum goes back to school
Sliding screens get to the Point
Restaurant gets anniversary makeover