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BCL Bamboo Panels in Thames Tower Renovation

The old 1970’s tower block located just outside Reading train station in the heart of the town is now the exciting, newly renovated office space; Thames Tower. Designed by De Novo Architecture and constructed by Bowmer & Kirkland the build was completed in May 2017.

Striking BCL timber panels feature heavily in the grand reception area on the ground floor.

The eye catching Bamboo ceiling and wall panels cover 210m2. The panels achieve an acoustic Class B, they are made with 19 x 44mm bamboo slats with a 19mm gap. A fire retardant lacquer covers the slats, giving system a Class 0 SSF rating.

The system cost £90,000 and was designed, manufactured and installed by BCL.

For more information on the project please visit:http://mydn-a.com/portfolio/thames-tower/

Photographer: Andy Stagg

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Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The new STEM facility at Sheffield Hallam University is now open. The fresh modern atrium which replaces the old characterless area between the Eric Mensforth and the Sheaf buildings is now the vibrant link between the two.

The £11m refurbishment was built to help support teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The project’s main contractor was Houlton & Sons and the space was designed by Watson Batty Architects who chose a vast BCL acoustic ceiling system to help complete the new fresh space. The timber ceiling system was designed, manufactured and installed by BCL.

The BCL system cost £190,000 and used over 790m2 of US Ash timber. The timber slats were 69 x 19mm with a 31mm gap giving the system a class B acoustic value. The timber was impregnated with a fire treatment, making the whole system class 0 SSF protected.

The BCL ceiling was completed in early 2017,and the Hertha Ayrton STEM centre opened in April 2017. The exciting new space is now being enjoyed by all at Sheffield Hallam University.

For more information on the project please visit: http://watsonbatty.com/projects/stem-building-sheffield-hallam-university/  

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BH2 Leisure Complete with BCL External Cladding System

The new Bournemouth Leisure Complex, BH2 Leisure is now complete, and BCL panels feature as part of the impressive external cladding system.

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The new leisure centre complete with restaurants, car park and a multi-screen cinema was designed by Broadway Malyan, with Vinci Construction as the main contractor.

BCL completed in May 2016, with the cladding project taking 12 weeks and costing £350,000.

Over 1000m2 of Siberian Larch prefabricated panels were used at BH2. The complex has BCL timber 'screens' incorporated into its external design as well as curved timber panels. The system has fully concealed fixings giving the building a smooth, contemporary appearance.

For more information visit: www.bh2leisure.co.uk

Photos courtesy of: www.Bournemouth.com

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Renovation of the Warner Stand at Lord's to Include BCL Panels

Work has begun on the rebuild of the Warner Stand at the Lord's Cricket Ground, home of the Marylebone Cricket Club. BCL Timber Projects have been selected by project architects Populous and main contractors BAM to be part of the transformation.

The new look stand will be using 1,000 sqm of BCL panels.  The panels are made with European Oak slats, 44mm x 19mm with a clear intumescent factory-applied, class 0 ssf lacquer coating. The system features a bespoke ‘egg & bacon’ coloured backing fabric for the internal wall panels, the famous colours of the MCC. 

The BCL project in the Warner Stand includes both internal and external BCL panels. It will take 6 weeks to complete and cost £250,000. The project will be finished in February 2017, with overall completion of the prestigious new stand due in April 2017. 

The capacity of the new stand will be 2,656 with many less restricted viewing seats and more amenities including three bars and a restaurant, all with greatly improved access.

To find out more about the Warner Stand project please visit: https://www.lords.org/lords/the-masterplan-for-lords/the-masterplan-for-the-redevelopment-of-lords/

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National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Centre

The brand new National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Centre, completed in October 2016, has now officially opened its doors to the public.

The Arboretum’s new Remembrance Centre which sits comfortably within its surroundings at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, is wrapped in 1,500 sqm of BCL Timber Panels. BCL were selected to be involved in the project by Glenn Howells Architects and main contractors Stepnell.

The National Memorial Arboretum external envelope took BCL 12 weeks to complete, using a prefabricated panel system with fully concealed fixings. The cladding uses Siberian larch, in an L-shape profile, with a 3 coat, factory applied pigmented lacquer coating, known as a ‘pre-weathering’ treatment, which mimics the colour of already aged timber.

The pre-weathering treatment that has been used means that the building will retain a uniform colour and show minimal signs of aging. An important feature given the unfading memorial that the building serves to achieve.

For more information on the National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Centre please visit: http://www.thenma.org.uk/about-us/new-remembrance-centre/

BCL was very proud to be involved in a project which now stands as a lasting tribute to the men and women who have served our nation. 

Photographer: Mark Radford

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