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Perforated Aluminium Balustrade Panels at Queen Mary University – Case Study

Project: Queen Mary University London Antenna Measurement Laboratory

Location: East London

Product: Perforated Aluminium Balustrade Panels

Finish: Powder Coated RAL 3020

Project Background:

Antenna research at Queen Mary was established in 1968 and since then they have built an international reputation for research in the areas of microwave antennas and electromagnetic analysis. Comprehensive experimental facilities are available at Queen Mary University and are housed in the Antenna Measurement Laboratory. In January 2009, the University was awarded a CIF bid worth just under £1.4 million to refurbish the Antennas Measurement Lab buildings and facilities.

Aluminium Balustrade Panels
Aluminium Balustrade Panels at Queen Mary University London

Project Solutions

Gooding Aluminium supplied custom-made aluminium balustrade panels for the refurbishment of the laboratory buildings.

The 3mm material thickness aluminium panels with 22mm diameter perforations were specially produced with plain borders (on all sides) for Queen Mary’s comprehensive experimental Antenna Measurement facilities.

The panels were finished in a Traffic Red powder coat. Fabricated aluminium angle profiles were also manufactured by Gooding Aluminium’s workshop to facilitate corner detailing.

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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

Gooding Aluminium was established in 1979, continuous growth and innovation has led GA to become an established and respected national and international supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets, aluminium profiles and ‘made to order’ aluminium products with ‘invisible’ fixing solutions. We are dedicated to providing a highly responsive service to match the requirements of each ‘made to order’ customer and alternatively in providing a quick and easy on-line facility for those wishing to purchase aluminium stock materials and products for immediate dispatch.

For more information about bespoke or ready made aluminium products, subscribe by RSS, or by Email or visit our main site at www.goodingalum.com – Follow us on Twitter @Gooding_Alum

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Aluminium Balustrade Panels – Client Testimonials

Answering the needs of todays fast moving contracts environment GAs modern 5 Star Processing Service accurately and rapidly manufactures custom made aluminium balustrade panels to realise design intentions.

Aluminium Balustrade PanelsThe full range of GAs perforated sheet patterns are available for incorporation into specially detailed and sized panels.

Feelings of confidence are inspired by GAs flexible and well organised production methodologies. These proven techniques are effectively combined to deliver fast and cost effective service solutions.

GA can do this for you!

  • Manufacture aluminium perforated sheets
  • Specialise in made to measure components
  • Produce panels for balustrade infils
  • Surface finish in satin brush or powder coat
  • Incorporate fixing holes

Aluminium Balustrade PanelsMade to Measure Panels: It’s so easy, you only need to provide the email checklist information for Aluminium Balustrade Panels and we’ll do the rest!

Testimonials:

…Our client was delighted. Once again please accept our thanks for all of your efforts‘  Bill Quinan, A G Brown Ltd

‘Thanks for your help at all stages and look forward to working with you again’ Davie Ross, A J Engineering & Construction Services Ltd

These images demonstrate a small selection of the projects that we have worked on. To see more images of Gooding Aluminium Balustrade Panels, visit our Flickr Photstream by clicking here.

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Case Study – Pimlico Academy Auditorium

Project: Pimlico Academy – Auditorium

Location: Westminster, London

Product: Perforated Aluminium Wall Cladding Panels

Material: Pattern GA PPS252

Finish: GA Ano-Sil Anodised

Specifier: Architecture PLB

Client: Westminster City Council

Project Background:

Pimlico Academy is a Visual and Performing Arts College based in Westminster, London.  Pimlico benefitted from the £152million BSF (Building Schools for the Future) Programme (under Westminster Council) where they secured funds for a new sports hall that includes a new gym open to the wider public, an all weather floodlight pitch and a new community library and education centre.

The project aim was to significantly improve the sporting and education facilities at the school.  Gooding Aluminium clad the sports auditorium walls with their lightweight, perforated aluminium wall panels, the ‘GA Ano-Sil Anodised finished panels‘ provided fantastic acoustics for the hall which is being enjoyed by over 1500 pupils.

GA Ano-Sil Anodised finished panels'
GA Ano-Sil Anodised finished panels'

Project Details

Gooding Aluminium’s project role was to supply individually-punched, slotted hole, perforated aluminium panels and trays.  Each item had a 25mm plain border in GA Ano-Sil Anodised finish.

The GA Ano-Sil anodised surface provides a durable long lasting effect that can be easily wiped clean to maintain its silky smooth appearance.

Pimlico Academy Auditorium
Pimlico Academy Auditorium

With the Academy due to open for the beginning of the new school year in early September, time was of the essence and Gooding Aluminium were able to provide a speedy production and finishing time of just 18 days for the 90 panels and trays, ensuring the auditorium opened on schedule.

Ano-Sil Anodised Finished Panels
Ano-Sil Anodised Finished Panels

Aluminium awareness information

Key Facts:

  • Aluminium is great for incorporating into weight sensitive applications, such as this one.
  • Environmentally friendly aluminium is the only recyclable material that more than pays for it’s own recycling costs!
  • Recycling 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.

To download the Pimlico Academy Auditorium case study, click on the link below:

A selection of Q & A’s with Andrew Turner of Architecture PLB

Q. What did you get out of your first contact with Gooding Aluminium?
A. Encouragement that GA could fulfil our design requirements.

Q. What made you choose GA over alternative suppliers?
A. GA’s reputation and costings.

Q. What do you think of GA’s willingness to adapt their product to suit special site requirements?
A. GA performed very well in accommodating a late change.

Q. What did you think of the turn around/delivery times?
A. Very good

Q. What did you think of the finish?
A. Consistently very good.

Q. When viewing the completed installation did the aluminium paneling meet your expectations?
A. It certainly did!

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Staying on the ‘straight and narrow’ with GA’s extruded aluminium alloy Squeeze Frames.

For added strength and rigidity all perforated GA Squeeze Frame Aluminium Panels are supplied with a plain (imperforate) border that sits inside the aluminium frame recess. Independent test results show significantly improved performance with this method of fabrication.

Squeeze Frame Aluminium Panels
Squeeze Frame Aluminium Panels

By utilising the ‘close tolerance’ alloy extrusion process in producing these aluminium profiles, the much dreaded ‘rippling or bowing’ effect of folded aluminium sheet trims can be avoided. You’ll also experience a stronger and straighter aluminium product, giving a more professional finished appearance.

Aluminium profiles
Aluminium profiles

Features – benefits

  • Extruded material – Closer tolerances with a consistent gap width and leg length
  • Economic – Free of the aluminium profile forming element
  • Manufactured in aluminium alloy – Higher tensile strength and rigidity
  • Maximum flexibility – Can be rolled and curved to shape
  • Weldable corners – Added joint strength (weld beads cleaned off flush by the GA Processing Team)
  • Ready fit service – GA can apply these aluminium profile trims to any of our aluminium perforated sheets
  • Surface finished – Can be supplied with a powder coated or non-directional satin brushed effect

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