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West Drayton's Leisure Centre Full Steam Ahead

Following the unexpected collapse of Buckingham Group Contracting, who entered administration back in August 2023, our work at West Drayton Leisure Centre had been placed on hold. Thankfully the London Borough of Hillingdon has revived the project and BCL have been engaged directly to complete the works as before, delivering 1600sqm of faux wood slat ceilings and slatted walls.

We are going to be using our new fire-resistant timber system in PPC coated Aluminium faux wood slats, fully tested in accordance with EN13501-1 – allowing the creation of incredibly realistic non-combustible wood finishes for large commercial projects.This system has recently been used to great effect at the Ashley Centre in Epsom.

The project will also feature acoustic wood panels in solid FSC certified Thermo-Pine, taking full advantage of BCL’s design-flexibility for slatted panel systems – and helping to lower overall carbon footprint of the building.

BCL Wooden Ceilings at West Drayton

The Platinum Jubilee leisure centre design at West Drayton has been designed to be a modern and sustainable hub for the local community, offering a range of facilities and amenities for all ages and abilities and the use of BCL wood slatted panels brings warmth and character to this much needed refurb of the original 1960s building, which no longer meets the demands of the growing population of residents of Yiewsley and West Drayton.

Architects impression of West Drayton Leisure Centre

The project was approved by the council in 2020, includes a 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, a state-of-the-art gym, a sports hall, a fitness studio, a café, and other amenities, which will use BCL acoustic wood panels in a combination of configurations, providing varying acoustic performance from Class C up to Class A in accordance with BS EN ISO 11654. The design also incorporates sustainable features, such as a green roof, solar panels, and rainwater harvesting systems, to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions as well as our sustainably sourced wooden ceilings.

To find out more about BCL’s slatted timber ceilings or wooden wall panels, please contact us directly on 01189 344 155 or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.