Named after architect James Stirling, the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is without a doubt the most prestigious award in architecture. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire explained that although the buildings “could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale” they have “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing” in common.
Among the six varied nominees, BCL is over the moon to announce that two of our projects have made the cut. Both London Bridge Station and The Macallan Distillery have already won their fair share of awards, so it is no surprise that these two are up for the Stirling Prize.
London Bridge Station
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, London Bridge underwent a £1 billion redevelopment that took five years to complete, with BCL Western Red Cedar panels at the heart of it. The main concourse is clad with our high performance Alpha acoustic panel system. This allows the sound from the busy station to be absorbed effectively, reducing the level of noise from passengers and trains. The fully demountable panels use our secret fixings to ensure a smooth finish and involve integrated lighting troughs. The new concourse allows a lot more natural light into the station, taking away the usual dark and gloomy feel from London train stations.
The Macallan Distillery
The Macallan Distillery was completed as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, this building is beautifully different from the inside out. Detail is everything here, with the choice in timber species selected as EU oak, as a nod to their sherry-seasoned oak casks. BCL panels cover 361 m2 of the main reception area, with all being covered in a factory applied lacquer of clear class 0 fire protection, providing fire safety without needing maintenance. By using natural materials such as local stone, a living green roof and of course, timber, the distillery provides interesting and refreshing experience for visitors.
Regardless of the outcome of October 8th, it is already such an achievement to have two contrasting and stunning buildings that heavily feature our timber make the shortlist. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.
For our full case study on London Bridge Station, click here.
For our full case study on Macallan Distillery, click here.
To see the full RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, click here.
The new Macallan Distillery and visitor experience was completed earlier this year as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. The £140 million distillery was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and installed by Linear Projects.
BCL’s FSC certified Prime EU Oak panels are the main feature of the reception area, a nod to The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks. Spanning over 361 m2 of the reception, the panel selected was a Class B configuration with 44 mm x 19 mm slats with a 21 mm gap. This class of acoustic panels will effectively absorb sound, keeping noise in the reception area to a minimum. The slats have also had a factory applied lacquer of clear Class 0 fire protection to ensure fire safety without needing maintenance. Using BCL’s secret fixings, the timber is given a smooth finish, with no visible screws or nails.
As per every BCL panel system, we offered support throughout the entire process, from design to manufacture and then installation.
Macallan Distillery has already been awarded the RIAS Award 2019, the RIBA Award for Scotland 2019 and is currently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 alongside another project of ours; London Bridge Station. We are proud to have worked on such an interesting and beautiful project that we can all see is entirely deserving of these awards and nominations.
For our full case study and more projects like this, check out our projects page here.
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.
We are delighted to announce that London Bridge Station, designed by Grimshaw and delivered by Costain, has won both the RIBA London and the AJ100 Project of the Year 2019!
The central feature of this project is the BCL Timber ceiling system that spans across the central concourse. Lauded by RIBA as 'truly impressive & joyous' - it is a testement to design flexibility of the BCL system, allowing Grimshaw to create a unique timber ceiling that not only looks fantastic, but delivers several levels of acoustic performance, whilst integrating all of the techncial aspects the project demanded.
To visit our full Case Study click here.
To read more about the RIBA London Award click here.
To see the full list of AJ100 winners click here
BCL have now finished installing approx 1,700sqm of Class A acoustic timber panels to the interior of the new UK Hydrographic Office for BAM Construction. The horizontal Siberian Larch baffles curve on plan to create dramatic 'waves' across the atrium, whilst also delivering high performance absoprtion to the space.
The project, designed by AHR Global, provides a beautiful new setting to house the UK government's world leading body in hydrography and maritime cartography. BCL were brought on early by AHR and are delighted to be delivering another high profile commercial project with BAM construction.
For more infromation on the UKHO and its important role in the UK's royal Navy and merchant shipping visit the UK Government Website
Alternatively, for more info on AHR's design, please visit the AHR Global - UKHO Project Overview
BCL are working hard on The Oxford Science Park’s new state of the art office and laboratory, the Schrödinger Building, and it is almost complete. Project architects Bogle and Main Contractors Barnwood Construction elected to use the BCL panel system on internal walls and ceilings, along with an external canopy. Here are some progress photos of BCL’s work.
Covering over 400m2 the project is using BCL panels with 19 x 25mm Siberian Larch slats, and with 50% open area the panels are working at an acoustic class A. The timber is fire treated with a factory applied lacquer, giving it class 0 ssf fire protection.
The project is due for completion soon. Check out our gallery for some images of our completed projects www.bcltimberprojects.co.uk/gallery
After successful completion of the stunning Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in 2016, BCL have been brought on board for the brand new Events Pavilion at the same site in Alrewas.
As before we are working with Glenn Howells Architects and Main Contractor Stepnell. Completion of the new building is due for later in 2018 and it will allow the NMA to host a wide range of larger and more events throughout the whole year, which the current Events Marquee does not allow for.
The new Events Pavilion will bring flexible event spaces including meeting rooms, a bar; allowing space for drinks receptions and evening functions, and dedicated catering facilities which means the NMA can host banquets for up to 300 guests.
BCL are excited to be part of the team once again creating such an important space at the National Memorial Arboretum.
For more information on the project please visit: http://www.thenma.org.uk/about-us/news-stories/inspiring-new-events-space-will-bring-people-together-at-the-national-memorial-arboretum/
The new £37 million construction of Coventry University’s new state of the art Science and Health Building has been completed. Inside the new structure, built by main contractors BAM, there is a stunning communal area with BCL panels at the heart of the design.
Specified by Broadway Malyan the flexibility of the BCL system allowed the project architects to maintain the aesthetic they wanted to achieve while meeting the acoustic needs of the open spaces.
There are several different panel configurations in this project, all designed with American White Oak slats. The BCL panels, which cover 1200m2 of the Coventry University building, are fully demountable, allowing access to the services behind. The slats have a factory applied lacquer coating providing a class 0 ssf fire protection and the different panel layouts offer both class A and class C acoustic absorption.
The £300,000 BCL system was designed and manufactured by BCL and installed by BAM. The BCL project was completed in 12 weeks, as with all projects BCL provided support throughout the whole process from design and specification through to installation. Constructing a world-class University facility is a project BCL have enjoyed being part of.
The Charter Building in Uxbridge, a once outdated office building has now been fully renovated into a modern ‘ground scraper’. BCL acoustic panels are a proud feature in the impressive open-plan reception space, covering just over 360m2.
Architects De Novo Architecture and main contractors Bowmer & Kirkland chose the BCL system, which was also selected by both previously for the ‘Thames Tower’ project in Reading. The design for The Charter Building used FSC Idigbo timber in 44 x 44mm slats configuration.
The panels have a 50% open area (44mm gaps) and perform at an acoustic rating of ‘Class A’. The Class 0 SSF lacquer applied to the timber was also pigmented giving the slats a light brown/honey colour, following the bespoke colour matching service provided by BCL on every internal project.
BCL, providing our full design management service in Revit / BIM, liaised with De Novo in the early stages to formulate panel layouts and coordinate detail design. Then, provided our direct installation service to the main contractor B&K, phased in two stages to align with their overall construction programme.
For more information on the project please visit: http://mydn-a.com/portfolio/charter-place/
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
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/
The new Bournemouth Leisure Complex, BH2 Leisure is now complete, and BCL panels feature as part of the impressive external cladding system.
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
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/
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
Phase one of Network Rail’s London Bridge station redevelopment is now complete. BCL have delivered the vast timber ceiling which can now be seen by commuters using part of the station’s brand new concourse.
As part of the London Bridge station refurbishment the structure which supports the railway platforms is being replaced by a series of pre cast concrete bridge decks. The underside of the new bridge decks becomes the ceiling of the main concourse which has been clad with our high performance “Alpha” acoustic timber panel system.
The BCL “Alpha” panel system is using 7,000 square metres of western red cedar panels in three distinct patterns, providing class A and B sound absorption to reduce noise from passengers and trains. The panels are fire treated to Euro class B, fully demountable, have fully concealed fixings, and involve integrated lighting troughs.
The BCL panel system was chosen by project architects, Grimshaw. The London Bridge Station project is being delivered by Costain and is currently on target for completion in spring 2018.
We are pleased to be involved in the £400m redevelopment of London Bridge Station and look forward to Phase 2. You can find out more information on the redevelopment here: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/12179.aspx
Images courtesy of Network Rail.
The new Mary Rose museum designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will and built by construction firm Warings opened at the end of May 2013. It is one of the highest profile heritage projects in recent years, due largely to the complex geometry of the cladding envelope. Further complicating the construction process, the building was erected around the Mary Rose itself, which cannot be moved due to the constant preservation work it requires.
The BCL system used 1,200 square metres of black 'solignum' architecturally stained Western Red Cedar, which was fastened using BCL's 'secret fixings'. The project took 20 weeks to complete and cost £510,000.
The 'hull' of the museum was created by firstly modelling the facade in 3-D to establish the geometry relative to the orthoganl steel frame. The exact position of each support bracket was then identified and given x,y,z coordinates, relative to the major grid lines and datums. Once the brackets were installed, the vertical fixing studs were then fixed in place to create the shell, ready for the black stained horizontal slats.
BCL were also tasked with unique job of engraving designated panels to mimic the very same ciphers used on the Mary Rose to designate crew members belongings and sleeping areas among other things.
View how the Mary Rose was constructed...
The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls' project Excelsior was completed in 2015 by Willmott Dixon Construction using the BCL Timber Panel system. IID Architects used BCL timber panels in their design for internal ceilings and on the buildings external canopy.
Designed to an acoustic Class A level the internal panels successfully absorb the sounds created in the new look school. Siberian Larch was the perfect choice for the HASG project as it works well in highly exposed areas and applications where damage such as scrapes and knocks are likely.
The Siberian Larch BCL timber “Alpha” panels had an intumescent lacquer coating to provide a Class 0 surface spread of flame (SSF) rating for fire protection.
The BCL timber panel system was designed with integrated lighting and concealed fixings which created a superb finish for the project, which used over 1500 square metres of Siberian Larch panels.
For more information on the Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls project please visit: http://www.iid.co.uk/haberdashers--aske-s-school-for-girls-project-excelsior.html
Photographer: Peter Cook
The Norwich Medical Research Building (NMRB) project was completed in 2014, and has since been re-named the ‘Bob Champion Research and Education Building’. This exciting biomedical research centre, designed by Hawkins Brown Architects for the University of East Anglia (UEA), provides world-class research laboratories targeting improved patient care and will place UEA at its centre, strengthening Norwich’s already excellent reputation as a leading research site of biomedical sciences.
BCL’s timber panels were chosen by Hawkins Brown to clad the two linear blocks which form the main structure of the NMRB, and are interconnected by a triple height atrium.
Three different panel configurations were used in order to create a unique textured finish to the external envelope, also incorporating the UEA logo embossed into the façade.
BCL were employed as full envelope solution by the Main Contractors, RG Carter and provided a comprehensive installation service of over 2,000sqm Western Red Cedar panels to the project. As standard, all BCL panels were manufactured and installed using ‘secret-fixings’ creating an uninterrupted, clean and modern finish.
This significant research building will enable new treatments for diseases affecting ageing populations to be studied by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. BCL enjoyed being part of the project.
For more information on the Norwich Medical Research Building project please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/difference/news/bob-champion-research-education-building
BCL’s high performance “Alpha” timber panel system has been selected by Sheppard Robson Architects to be used in the new, state of the art teaching centre for London Business School.
Sheppard Robson’s design for the grade II listed Old Marylebone Town Hall Council House’s will increase the teaching space of the school by 70%. An adaptable design means the space will also be used by Westminster City Council for its meetings.
The new teaching location, just minutes from Regents Park, will be known as the ‘Sammy Ofer Centre’, following a donation to project funding from industrialist and principal of Quantum Pacific Group, Idan Ofer.
The prestigious new ‘Sammy Ofer Centre’ includes six lecture theatres seating between 80 and 100 students, thirty-five seminar rooms, social space, study areas and a library.
BCL’s “Alpha” timber panel system has been selected for the walls and ceilings of the lecture theatres. Sound absorption is a key consideration for a lecture theatre, making BCL’s Class A acoustic panels the perfect choice for main contractor Wates Construction to use.
American White Oak has been chosen for the panel system and the timber will have an intumescent lacquer coating to provide a Euro Class B surface spread of flame (SSF) for fire protection and provide added protection to the wall panels.
The timber panel system will be fully demountable with integrated lighting troughs and concealed fixings. The ‘secret-fixings’ show no visible screws or nails which creates a smooth modern finish.
The BCL “Alpha” panels are designed, manufactured and installed by BCL, with completion of the redevelopment project due in 2017.
For more information on the London Business School project please visit: https://thecampaign.london.edu/developing-old-marylebone-town-hall/index.html
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