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BCL Alpha Panels Feature in the New Look Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

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:

Photographer: Peter Cook

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Norwich Medical Research Building Wrapped in BCL Timber Panels

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:

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BCL Selected for London Business School’s ‘Sammy Ofer Centre’

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:

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BCL Timber Screens to Feature at West Central Leisure Complex

BCL are pleased to announce that our timber panels will be integrated into the development of the new West Central Leisure Complex, in Bournemouth. The regeneration project will feature restaurants, shops and a 2,000 seat cinema.

The development, designed by Broadway Malyan, features a number of timber “screens” that will be incorporated into the external cladding system. Vinci, the contractor of the project, has chosen our high durability and hard density ‘Siberian Larch’ timber for the exterior.

The installation will cost £350,000; it will have a prefabricated panel system with fully concealed fixings, creating a sleek and modern look to the building.

The whole project build will take 60 weeks and is set for completion in May this year. BCL design, manufacture and install our own panels and the fitting of these will take 12 weeks.

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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 ( 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


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