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Progress on Edith Neville School

Update on BCL’s work Edith Neville School in Kings Cross, led by Peter Taylor Associates and Neilcott Construction, this project uses 40 x 25 mm PEFC credited Siberian Larch panels for the internal ceiling system.

 

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The panels are being fixed to achieve acoustic class A and have been coated with a factory sprayed white pigmented lacquer and treated with fire protection class 1/0 SSF which will require no maintenance. This system has been manufactured by BCL on a supply and fix basis and will cover 485 m2 of the school, over the main reception, indoor gallery, foyer and halls.

We look forward to seeing the finished result of this important project.

 

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For more like this, take a look at our Projects Page.

 

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White Hart Lane Station Completed

BCL are proud to announce that work on White Hart Lane station has been completed. Working alongside Taylor Woodrow and Fereday Pollard Architects this project replaced the original building with a new, landmark design. There is now step free access from the street to the platform and a big increase in the capacity for event days such as Tottenham Hotspur matches.

 

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BCL manufactured and installed the stations ceiling system using 44 x 144 mm Western Red Cedar panels spanning over 420 m2 of the ticketing hall. The panels selected were of Class A configuration over black acoustic fabric, perfect for reducing the noise from both trains and passengers.  All timber has had Class 1/0 Fire Protection applied by factory impregnation and were manufactured off site, reducing both waste and installation times.

 

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We are pleased to have our work feature on such an important station which sees many passengers go through daily.

 

For more like this, take a look at our Projects Page.

 

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Introducing Dragon Timber by SertiWOOD

For your next project, why not consider Dragon Timber? A modern take on the traditional Japanese method of charring timber it comes with an incredible 10 year warranty on its coating finish!

The traditional Japanese method (also known as Yakisugi) has been used on small projects for generations as a way of enhancing and preserving wood. However, unlike other uncoated forms of charred timber, DragonWOOD does not ash or rub off its char onto objects such as clothes through the use of a special thermo-applied coating. With this and the reassurance of extended warranties, is ideal for large scale commercial applications, providing a fantastic return on investment from its unique appearance.

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The timber itself can be selected from a range of species, mainly the incredibly sustainable and cost effective Nordic Spruce, coming with a 25 year service life and a 10 year warranty for the coating that comes in a variety of fantastic and unique colours on exterior applications.  

Andrew Goto from Timber Focus had this to say of how Dragon Timber fits in with BCL’s system:

“The BCL panel system is ideal to install Dragon Timber for aesthetic purposes, functionality and durability. This is because there are no exposed nails meaning the finish is not compromised and ensures the timber will meet its coatings 10 year service life. The Dragon Timber is also prefinished therefore it fits in with BCL’s rapid installation times and it can be cut in a wide range of lengths to suit all systems.”

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DragonWOOD can be treated with a factory applied lacquer of fire protection up to Euro Class B to meet Building Regulations and Construction Products Regulations. The timber is also FSC certified, making this product ideal for modern commercial applications.

Find out more about Dragon Timber here.

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The Importance of being PEFC and FSC Certified

In the wake of the current climate crisis, it is of great importance that every company works to reduce their carbon footprint, especially in the construction industry. By using timber, a renewable and a greenhouse positive product, at BCL we are already making steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings we work on. Trees are essential to all kinds of life and it is vital that they are used in a sustainable way.

 

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PEFC and FSC are just two of the many companies working to certify that timber is sourced ethically. They work to protect forests globally, meaning “we can all benefit from the products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come” (PEFC). These companies run a global system which consists of Forest Management and Chain of Custody. By working with stakeholders across the globe, they allow consumers to use certified timber from well managed forests worldwide. These forests harvest timber in a sustainable way, by replanting trees and taking care of their workers with fair pay and working hours.

Through using timber from these certified sources, we are reducing the need for other carbon heavy materials such as aluminium in construction. Throughout the production process, one tonne of aluminium releases 9.3 tonnes of CO2 whereas timber actually absorbs 1.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. This example alone shows the importance of replacing carbon positive materials with natural products. Obtaining timber from these accredited sources will not only reduce the carbon footprint your building has, but will support correct management of our forests, guaranteeing this valuable material will continue to be widely available for the future.


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London Construction Awards 2019

Here at BCL we are delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist for three awards at this year’s London Construction Awards. For our work on London Bridge Station we have been nominated for Architectural Project of the Year, Regeneration Project of the Year and Fit-Out Project of the Year.

Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the £1 billion redevelopment of London Bridge took 5 years to complete, with our Western Red Cedar panels as the main feature of the new concourse, covering over 7000 square metres in three distinct patterns. This ceiling system is clad with high acoustic performance Alpha panels, which provide both class A and B acoustics, perfect for a busy station as the open space effectively absorbs sound from the passengers and trains, reducing the overall level of noise. Using our secret fixings for a smooth finish with integrated lighting troughs, the panels have also been structured in a way that protects from an upward blast in the event of a terrorist threat, given the prominence of the station.

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BCL ensured the highest standard of work was produced, with support and knowledge through every step, from design to installation. This striking project has already been named winner of the RIBA London Award and Project of the Year from AJ100 2019, and is currently in the shortlist for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. It is a huge achievement to be shortlisted for three more awards and we are pleased to see our panels getting the recognition they deserve. We’re looking forward to the result on November 27th.  

Have a look at our full case study for London Bridge Station.

Take a look at the full list of finalists here.

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