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UK Hydrographic Office


UK Hydrographic Office Complete 

BCL are pleased to announce our part in the completion of the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton, which was officially opened in April 2019 by the Princess Royal. The renovation of the headquarters was led by AHR Architects, BAM Construction and Mace group, with BCL’s panels as its defining feature.


BCL supplied and installed the internal cladding for the space, using Siberian Larch slats measured at 19 x 44 mm fixed to Oak battens in the centre of each board for support. The timber spans over 2000 m2 of the building. Each slat had been treated with class 0 fire protection and has grey acoustic fabric between timber battens.


Adam Spall, the regional director at AHR Architects had this to say of BCL’s work:

“The larch clad baffles in the UK Hydrographic Office atrium are the central design feature of the building. They perform a critical role in terms of diffusing daylight and reducing reverberation but presented a huge technical challenge to achieve the sinuous curves while being installed at high level.

AHR brought in the BCL timber team at a very early stage of the project to see if their panelised system could achieve the curved design while maintaining the appearance of a 40m long continuous timber beam. The bespoke panels have achieved this perfectly and the larch clad baffles are the centrepiece of this fantastic building.”

We are thrilled to have been instrumental in the production of this fantastic new workspace.

For our full case study and more projects like this, check out our gallery page here.


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


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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


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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…”

Crysta Falcon, LEED® AP Associate/Designer



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