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Case Study – South Marsh Community Hub Hackney

Project: South Marsh Community Hub

Location: Hackney Marshes

Product: Perforated Aluminium Ceiling Trays

Finish: Mill Finish

Specifier: Stanton Williams

Project Background

Hackney Marshes are famous for being the ‘grassroots’ in amateur football. The site holds the record for the largest number of pitches in one place, with forty matches played simultaneously on Sundays. However, by the start of the twenty-first century, the facilities provided for the hundreds of players who come with their supporters each week, were in urgent need of an overhaul. The London Borough of Hackney developed an ambitious vision for the site, recognising its community value and pivotal location adjacent to the Olympic Park.

The multi-million pound project is key part of the investment programme which is using the London 2012 Games as an opportunity to give residents world-class sports facilities alongside the new venues being built at the Olympic Park

Features of the new building include community and spectator facilities on the first floor, with changing rooms located at ground-floor level with provision for disabled players.

Project Solutions

Aluminium Ceiling PanelsWorking with Stanton William’s Architects, Gooding Aluminium manufactured and supplied mill finish single and double folded perforated aluminium ceiling trays throughout the corridors of the South Marsh Community Hub building project. The perforated ceiling trays consist of plain borders to each side with slotted punched fixing holes (for simple on-site adjustment) along the short edges.

Aluminium Ceiling TraysThe aluminium trays are attached to specially produced aluminium angle with rivet nut fixings. The rivet nut fixings provide an excellent solution where components are jointed together to form a solid anchor, providing a clean finish and without damaging the material’s surface.

Aluminium Ceiling PanelsBeing used to screen the M & E services the ceiling trays were installed throughout the corridors that connect the 27 changing rooms in the hub.

With its excellent corrosion resistance, mill aluminium (untreated) was selected as being the most suitable and cost-effective finish to this publically funded project.

Aluminium awareness information

Key Facts:

  • Aluminium is great for incorporating into environmentally sensitive applications, such as this one.
  • Environmentally friendly aluminium is the only recyclable material that more than pays for it’s own re-cycling costs!
  • Re-cycling aluminium into new forms only requires 5% of the energy that originally produced it.
  • All manufactured aluminium is effectively a stored energy bank for future generations.
  • Aluminium is only 1/3rd the weight of steel.
  • Aluminium’s surface has a self generating and repairing oxide coating which makes it corrosion resistant and therefore less expensive to maintain than steel and other corrodible metals.

Aluminium Ceiling Panels

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