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BCL Timber Projects is celebrating 50 years of Excellence!


BCL are proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. Over the past half-century, BCL Timber Projects has established itself as one of the leading specialist manufacturers of wooden slatted walls, timber slat ceilings and acoustic wood panelling, having worked on some of the most technically demanding and high-profile schemes throughout the UK.

This milestone not only represents our success in delivering timber cladding panels & wooden slat panelling but also reflects BCL’s commitment to quality, sustainability, and customer satisfaction – retaining a position at the forefront of the construction industry, consistently innovating and bringing new timber panel offerings to the market that deliver increased value and advanced performance for the UK built environment. The latest being our revolutionary solution for non-combustible wood – our Aluminium TIMBER EFFECT, that creates stunningly realistic faux wood, fully fire-resistant timber finishes for walls & ceilings with all of the same acoustic performance, design flexibility and on-site efficiency of a BCL timber slatted panel system – but crucially allowing for safer buildings and aligning with the tighter and more diligent fire assessment and strategies of today.

Barrett Ceilings was founded in 1973 by Brian Barrett to carry out suspended ceilings, partitioning & dry-lining work. Following the successful completion of several prestigious wood ceilings, including Wimbledon AELTCC - the decision was taken to establish a dedicated presence in this market by the formation of BCL Timber Projects.

Over the past five decades, the company has transformed from a small ceiling business into a leading provider of timber slat walls, acoustic wood ceilings and wooden cladding panels and are now specified and collaborate on some of the biggest projects in the UK and abroad, increasing its numbers each year.

As BCL Timber Projects celebrates its 50th anniversary, the company looks toward the future with optimism and determination. With a strong foundation built on decades of wooden panelling expertise, innovation, and customer satisfaction, BCL Timber Projects is poised to continue its growth in both the UK domestic market and overseas.

West Drayton's New Leisure Centre Design


BCL have been awarded another contract, this time by Buckingham Group, to deliver 1600sqm of timber slat ceilings and wooden slatted walls, employing our ground breaking new acoustic timber panel 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.

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 new 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 in the area.

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.

Fire Performance of Timber Wall Panels: An Overview


When it comes to major construction projects, using high-quality materials is essential to ensure the safety and durability of the structure. The best way to be sure of this is by using tried, tested and certified products.

Our pre-tested wooden panels for wooden slatted walls are specially designed to meet the requirements of the European Standard EN1350-1, which ensures that they meet strict quality and safety standards in relation to fire performance.

EN13501-1 uses a classification system based on a combination of fire resistance, smoke production, and flaming droplets/particles. The results of the tests are used to classify materials into different Euroclasses ranging from A1 (non-combustible) to F (materials that have no classifiable performance).

This means that when using our timber slatted walls, builders and contractors can be assured of their compliance with regulations and fire safety, reducing the risk of fire-related injuries and fatalities.

Bicester Progress

Aside from compliance and safety, using BCL's acoustic timber walls can also help reduce waste in construction projects. This is because our wood panelling is manufactured to precise specifications, which means that there is little to no material waste during the manufacturing process. Additionally, because they are pre-tested and meet strict quality standards, there is less likelihood of material waste during the construction process due to the need for rework or replacement.

Another advantage of using BCL's timber cladding system is that we are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This means that the timber used in these slatted panels comes from responsibly managed forests, and that the entire production process is environmentally sustainable.

Finally, using BCL's wood cladding panels offer designers and builders a great deal of flexibility when it comes to design. These timber slat panels come in a range of sizes and finishes, allowing for creative freedom and the ability to tailor the design to the specific needs of the project.

In conclusion, using BCL's EN1350-1 pre-tested slatted timber panels for major construction projects is an excellent choice for architects, contractors, and stakeholders alike. These wood slat panels offer compliance and safety assurances, waste reduction, FSC certification, and design flexibility. By choosing our wood panelling, you will ensure that their projects meet high-quality standards while also promoting sustainability and creativity.

For more information on how you can incorporate BCL’s many benefits into your next project, please contact us today on 01189 344 155.

Progress at Graven Hill Primary School


We are pleased to report that great progress is being made on the external timber panels at Graven Hill Primary School. The team has been working hard to ensure that the wooden cladding system is installed to the highest standard, and we are delighted with the results so far.

We are using thermowood PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified timber. PEFC certification ensures that the timber has been responsibly sourced from well-managed forests and is therefore environmentally and socially sustainable. In addition to its sustainable sourcing, thermowood has a number of inherent properties that make it an ideal material for use in external applications.

Thermowood is a type of softwood that has been thermally modified. This process involves heating the wood to high temperatures, which changes its chemical structure and makes it more stable and resistant to moisture, rot, and insect damage. Thermowood is also less susceptible to warping and splitting than untreated wood, making it an ideal species for use in exterior timber cladding systems.

Bicester Progress

By using secret fixings in our timber slat panels, which are hidden from view, the surface of the timber remains intact, preventing moisture ingress and promoting better weathering. When timber is penetrated by screws or nails, it creates a pathway for moisture to enter, which can lead to rot and decay over time. This would be particularly problematic in external applications where the timber is exposed to the elements and moisture levels can fluctuate dramatically.

In addition to the practical advantages of secret fixings, there are also aesthetic benefits to consider. By avoiding surface penetrations in the timber cladding panel, the timber retains its natural appearance, free from unsightly screwheads.

For more information on how you can incorporate BCL’s many benefits into your next project, please contact us today on 01189 344 155.