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National Memorial Arboretum

BCL ‘Pre-weathered’ Timber cladding system chosen for £15.7M NMA Transformation

BCL has recently been selected by Stepnell Construction & Glen Howells Architects to deliver over 1,500sqm of Siberian Larch walls & ceilings at the National Memorial Arboretum (http://www.thenma.org.uk/about-us/) in Staffordshire. The new remembrance centre sees a thorough transformation of the space, increasing its teaching capacity from 10,000 to up to 25,000 school children per year and a modern upgrade of the café and circulation spaces.

A unique feature of the timber panel system is the application of a ‘pre-weathering’ grey stain, mimicking the appearance of grey timber. This treatment will mean that despite the system having various sections of UV exposed and fully shaded areas, with some fully internal, there will be very little colour change across the building during it’s lifetime, minimising any signs of ageing. An important feature given the timeless and unfading memorial that the building serves to achieve.

The client, The Royal British Legion, plans to open the building to the public in May and allow full access to the new centre and the nearly 300 statues, artworks and memorials around the unique site. BCL is  very proud to be part of this important project and to have the opportunity in adding value to a lasting tribute to the men & women of our National Service.

Find Out More: For further information on the National Memorial Arboretum project http://glennhowells.co.uk/project/national-memorial-arboretum/

 

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Highgate Junior School

Alpha Panels to be fitted at Highgate Junior School

We are pleased to announce that our acoustic panels will be incorporated into the new build of Highgate Junior School in London.

We’ve worked with Architype and Wates, who are the architect and contractor of the project, to ensure that the most appropriate and effective timber panels would be used.

BCL’s panels have been installed in the school’s Main Hall using our multi-width European Oak slatted timber panel system fitted into the school’s high level soffit, to create a modern and clean look.

To continue this modern theme throughout the school BCL’s Siberian Larch “Alpha” panel system has been fitted by ourselves into classrooms as well as circulation areas.

The timber panels are Class A sound absorption, to reduce ambient sounds throughout the school. A lacquer coating has been applied to provide a Euro Class B SSF (surface spread of flame) and to protect the timber against general weathering.

There will be integrated lighting within the panels, fully demountable system and concealed fixings, creating a nice clean finish to a beautifully minimalistic design. The changes will cost £600,000 to build and will be completed April this year. 

   

Find out more: For further information on the Highgate Junior School project visit http://www.architype.co.uk/project/highgate-junior-school/

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NEWS - LONDON BRIDGE REDEVELOPMENT

London Bridge Redevelopment

We are delighted to be part of the £400m redevelopment of London Bridge Station, a project delivered by Costain and designed by Grimshaw.

BCL will deliver the vast, stunning timber ceiling that will form the main concourse. Our alpha panels combine aesthetic properties with Class A acoustic absorption to tackle noise pollution and reverberation from passengers and trains. Designed with a ‘bomb-blast’ grid system to ensure structural integrity of the ceiling against upwards pressure blasts and with fire rated EU Class B panels to ensure the building stays strong and stable in case of a fire.

The station’s capacity will expand to accommodate up to 75 million passengers a year, with a huge concourse larger than Wembley Stadium. The project is part of the £6.5bn Thameslink programme to connect with the new Crossrail developments.

BCL were brought in early and have been able to add significant value to the project through our dedicated BIM modelling design service.

Find out more: See how the final redevelopment will look in this short 3D animation film:

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News - Boldrewood

BCL Win Contract for Boldrewood Campus, University of Southampton

BCL Timber Projects are to be used again, on another Southampton University project. This time we will be providing over 700 square metres of internal acoustic timber panelling to the Maritime Centre for Learning, Boldrewood campus.

The joint venture between the University and The Lloyd's Register will provide a unique world-leading hub for innovation and learning, in the fields of maritime engineering and technology. 

BCL have been developing panel layout and manufacture drawings with designers, Grimshaw Architects and are currently ready to begin production. Installation will beign in May.

To find out more about the upcoming Boldrewood Campus development, please visit: http://grimshaw-architects.com/project/southampton-boldrewood-campus/

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News - Sheffield Market

Timber 'weave' panels first fix at Sheffield Moor

BCL have started installing the unique 'timber weave' panels at Sheffield Moor Market. The panels use Western Red Cedar, woven through vertical timber battens to create a truly unique wall system.

The project, costing a total of £17.5M will completely reinvigorate the old market area with over 200 shops and stalls, housed in a 79,000 sq ft area. Main contractor on the job, Bowmer & Kirkland (who BCL have worked with several times in the past) have tasked BCL with the full design, manufacture and installation of the job.

Find out more: For more information on The Moor, Sheffield Market visit
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External Walls Case Study - Blue Planet Stoke

Blue Planet, Stoke

Client: Gazley 
Architect: Chetwood Associates 
Contractor: McLaren 
Size: 1000m2
Location: Chatterly Valley, Stoke
Duration: 10 weeks
Completion: December 2008
 

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certified
tickboxSecret Fixings

A true landmark project in environmentally conscious construction, the Blue Planet in Chatterley Valley is the UK’s first carbon positive, BREEAM excellent rated logistics park. It was therefore essential that the procurement routes of this project met the same exacting environmental standards and that the design quality of the cladding itself reflected the high profile nature of the project.

Horizontal and vertical cladding panels were manufactured off-site, then installed and aligned using BCL’s dynamic bracketing system along with all aluminium feature trims. 

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“We were very impressed with the service BCL delivered on the project, from the front end design advice, through to detailed drawing design and ultimately to delivery on site…”
Tony Mahil, RIBA Project Architect - Chetwoods ArchitectsNBBJ 


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External Walls, External Timber Cladding, Acoustic Timber Panels

External Walls

Our panel systems for external timber cladding provide the means to deliver large areas in a fraction of the time associated with traditional site-fix methods, ideally suited for fast-track builds. Our proprietary 'secret-fixing' systems also increase the overall durability of the timber, eliminating weaknesses caused by 'face-fixing' that can result in staining and allow moisture to penetrate the wood. The result, smooth modern finishes that look better and last longer.
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For more information on our external timber cladding systems and a guide to designing and specifying, download our 'External Timber Cladding Handbook' today.

Additional Features
• Fully-design flexible
• Secret fixings
• Fast Installation
• Reduced waste (1-2%)


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External Ceilings, External Timber Cladding, Acoustic Wood Ceilings

External Ceilings

Our timber soffit systems share much in common with our internal ceiling systems and offer just as much flexibility to create ambitious designs. From flat easy-access, to ceilings with highly complex geometry, our multiple grid approach and flexible panel design allows your concpets to be delivered quickly and efficiently, with every key design element controlled by you.
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For more information on our ceiling systems and a guide to desiging and specifying, download our 'Acoustic Timber Systems Handbook' today.

Aditional Features
• Fully-design flexible
• Secret fixings
• Fast Installation
• Reduced waste (1-2%)



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External Ceilings, External Timber Cladding, Acoustic Wood Ceilings

External Ceilings

Our timber soffit systems share much in common with our internal ceiling systems and offer just as much flexibility to create ambitious designs. From flat easy-access, to ceilings with highly complex geometry, our multiple grid approach and flexible panel design allows your concepts to be delivered quickly and efficiently, with every key design element controlled by you.
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specifywallsystemlink
For more information on our ceiling systems and a guide to designing and specifying, download our 'Acoustic Timber Systems Handbook' today.

Additional Features
• Fully-design flexible
• Secret fixings
• Fast Installation
• Reduced waste (1-2%)



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BCL Timber Projects - BCL External Systems

BCL External Systems

Our panel systems for external timber cladding provide the means to deliver large areas in a fraction of the time associated with traditional site-fix methods, ideally suited for fast-track builds. Our proprietary 'secret-fixing' systems also increase the overall durability of the timber, eliminating weaknesses caused by 'face-fixing' that can result in staining and allow moisture to penetrate the wood. The result, smooth modern finishes that look better and last longer.
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SpecifyCladdingSystemLink
For more information on our external timber cladding systems and a guide to desiging and specifying, download our 'External Timber Cladding Handbook' today.

Aditional Features
• Fully-design flexible
• Secret fixings
• Fast Installation
• Reduced waste (1-2%)


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Internal Walls Case Study - Walsall College

Walsall College of Arts & Technology

Client: Walsall College of Arts and Technology 
Architect: Dyer 
Contractor: Shepherd 
Size: 900m2
Location: Walsall
Duration: 8 Weeks
Completion: April 2009

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certfication 
tickboxClass 0 Fire Protection
tickboxClass C Acoustics
tickboxSecret Fixings

Walsall College is an ambitious £38M project to deliver a number of specialised music, business and IT academies within one centralised college campus. Designed by Dyer Associates, the central feature within the main atrium is a striking timber lined flexible learning pod.


The BCL panel system not only helped facilitate the installation speeds required to stay on track and deliver the project in time, but also helped deliver the complex slat arrangements efficiently and with a consistently high level of quality

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Internal Walls Case Study - Southampton Building85

Building 85, University of Southampton

Client: University of Southampton 
Architect: NBBJ 
Contractor: BAM Construction 
Size: 2000m2
Location: Southampton
Completion: June 2010

Features

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tickboxClear Laquer
tickboxClass 0 Fire Protection
tickboxClass B Acoustics
tickboxSecret Fixings

The new Life Sciences Building at the University of Southampton, known as Building 85, has been designed with the purpose of being the University’s flagship building, creating a world-leading research and learning centre in the field of Biological & Medical Science and is the first project in the UK to utilise BCL’s BAMBOO acoustic system.

As with every BCL panel system, NBBJ & BAM had complete design control over the species, treatments & dimensions of timber used on the panels. After a rigorous selection process, Bamboo was chosen as the clear winner over other competing species for its fantastic combination of quality, sustainability, durability and low cost.

 

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“BCL Timber brought the ideal mindset to the design build team. They were collaborative, innovative and professional and provided well-timed contributions to the design and detailing of the timber systems, resulting in a high performance quality finish…”


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Internal Ceiling Case Study - V&A Museaum Sackler Centre

The Sackler Centre, V&A Museum

Client: Victoria & Albert Museum 
Architect: Softroom Architects 
Contractor: Allenbuild 
Size: 300m2
Location: London
Duration: 10 weeks
Completion: May 2008

Features

tickboxSiberian Larch
tickboxFSC Certified
tickboxClass C Acoustics
tickboxAttenaution Panels
tickboxSecret Fixings

The construction of the new Sackler Centre provides state-of-the-art workshops and education areas for visitors of the V&A Museum . A critical design feature of this project was the undulating timber ceiling and wall linings that run throughout the lecture theatre and around the main foyer of the building. The intricate design involved various curved elements at very tight radii, making traditional approaches highly impractical.

The ceiling also runs at low levels and thus was subject to human contact. Siberian Larch therefore was the recommended species of timber as whilst fulfilling the aesthetic goals set by Softroom, it provided a hard wearing and cost-effective solution.

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"..BCL provided solutions that worked for us to achieve our design goals... BCL's design service was complimented with knowledgeable craftsmen on site who installed the system promptly and skilfully. The finished article is a key element in the project and one which both ourselves and the client are delighted with...”
John Proctor - Softroom Architects



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Internal Ceilings Case Study - Highcross Leicester

Highcross Mall, Leicester

Client: Hammerson 
Architect: Chapman Taylor/Benoy 
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine 
Size: 1000m2
Location: Leicester
Duration: 10 weeks
Completion: December 2007

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certified
tickboxClass 0 fire protection
tickboxClass C Acoustics
tickboxSecret Fixings
tickboxComplex Geometry

Leicester Highcross Mall is a complex ceiling with two inwardly-curving skylight areas which join the new and existing shopping malls. The geometry is curved in cross section and also contains a gradual slope between the buildings

This project is a prime example of the efficiency benefits of delivering large and often complex surfaces in the BCL panel system, resulting in a tight installation of 6 weeks. This provided substantial savings to the main contractor in time and money over traditional site-fix methods.


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Internal Ceilings Case Study - Welsh Assembly Cardiff

The Senedd, The National Assembly Building for Wales

Client: National Parliament of Wales 
Architect: Richard Rogers Partnership 
Contractor: Taylor Woodrow 
Size: 3000m2
Location: Cardiff
Duration: 8 months
Completion: June 2005

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxFSC Certfication 
tickboxClass 0 Fire Protection
tickboxClass C Acoustics
tickboxSecret Fixings
tickboxComplex Geometry

The National Assembly Building for Wales, also known as ‘The Senedd’ is one of the most recognisable buildings in the UK and a landmark project in the use of timber ceiling systems by BCL. The building has gained worldwide recognition for its beautiful undulating timber ceiling, with highly complex geometry and sustainable design, culminating in the project being shortlisted for The Stirling Prize in 2006.

BCL’s team designed a panel layout that allowed the complete ceiling, totalling over 3,000 sqm, to be created using only 35 different panel shapes, 99% of which could be flat packed and curved on site, helping to keep logistical costs to a minimum and maximise the speed of installation.

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External Walls Case Study - JFK School Hemel Hempstead

John F Kennedy School, Hemel Hempstead

Client: John F Kennedy School 
Architect: Perkins Ogden 
Contractor: Leadbitter Construction 
Size: 1500m2
Location: Hemel Hempstead
Duration: 14 weeks
Completion: July 2008

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certified
tickboxSecret Fixings

John F Kennedy School had decided to provide new teaching and sports facilities to its students after winning an £8.5M government grant. The main focus of the project was to deliver the new buildings with minimum impact to the surrounding environment. Therefore an obvious choice for the envelope was a BCL western red cedar system, pre-fabricated and environmentally sourced, reducing the duration of on-site works and thus minimising the overall disruption to everyday school life.

As with many projects, BCL was used in its full ‘turn-key’ capacity, designing, manufacturing and installing not only the timber cladding system, but all insulation, membranes and steel framing system.

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External Walls Case Study - Southampton University Building 85

Building 85, University of Southampton

Client: University of Southampton 
Architect: NBBJ 
Contractor: BAM Construction 
Size: 2000m2
Location: Southampton
Completion: June 2010

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certification
tickboxClass 1 Fire Protection
tickboxSecret Fixings

Southampton University’s new Life Sciences Building, known as Building 85, will accommodate the Schools of Biological Sciences and Medicine and the newly established Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) and is being designed to reflect the University’s ambition to establish a world-leading, agenda-setting centre of cross-disciplinary research, learning, and innovation.

The timber itself has been treated with a UV protective coating, the first project in the UK to use the ‘Suncare’ system from Boheme, allowing the timber to retain its beautiful natural colours for the lifetime of the building.

 

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“BCL Timber brought the ideal mindset to the design build team. They were collaborative, innovative and professional and provided well-timed contributions to the design and detailing of the timber systems, resulting in a high performance quality finish…”
Crysta Falcon, LEED® AP Associate/Designer
- NBBJ



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External Ceilings Case Study - Moto Service Station

MOTO Services, Wetherby

Client: MOTO 
Architect: JWA Architects 
Contractor: North Midland Building
Size: 1600m2
Location: Wetherby
Duration: 8 weeks
Completion: July 2008
 

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certified
tickboxSecret Fixings
tickboxClass 1 Fire Protection
tickboxClass C Acoustics

Moto’s Wetherby service station at Junction 46 of the A1(M) is being hailed as Britain’s ‘greenest’. With features such as water boreholes, natural ventilation and over 2000 trees planted on the site, it was clear that environmental impact was of the up most importance to Moto. Another key driver in this project was the need for a comprehensive acoustic treatment to be integrated into the internal/external soffit covering the service station, due to the high volume of visitors each day.

All of BCL’s timber is sourced from sustainable accredited sources and thus aligned perfectly with the environmental focus of the project. BCL also incorporated their expert knowledge in acoustics to design and manufacture timber ceiling panels that were acoustically lined, helping North Midland Building meet all their specified ratings.

 

  

 

  

  

  

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External Ceilings - Case Study Kidderminster Crematorium

Kidderminster Crematorium

Client: Dignity/Wyre Forest District Council  
Architect: Howl Associates
Contractor: Herbert Baggaley Construction 
Size: 1000m2
Location: Kidderminster
Duration: 15 weeks
Completion: April 2011
 

Features

tickboxWestern Red Cedar
tickboxPEFC Certified
tickboxSecret Fixings
tickboxClass 1 Fire Protection
tickboxClass D Acoustics                                       

Kidderminster Crematorium has been built in partnership between Dignity and Wyre Forest District Council to provide a multi-use funeral facility for Kidderminster and the surrounding areas. The project involves tiers of sweeping radial timber ceilings and soffits in Western Red Cedar, in and around the building, creating a tranquil and unique aesthetic. The concept driven design by Howl Associates was "..based on a water droplet falling into a pool creating ripples being analogous to how one person’s life affects those around them during their lifetime." The scheme, built by Herbert Baggaley Construction has also been designed to a BREEAM 'Very Good' rating.

 

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“Selecting a specialist timber ceiling company was quite challenging given the conical form of the ceilings at the new crematorium. BCL’s experience and their willingness to engage in an early design dialogue was extremely helpful. The installation on site was carried out with precision and the ceilings and soffits are a key feature of the building…” 
Phil Howl RIBA, Director - HOWL ASSOCIATES LTD 

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