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Aluminium Finishing Options – Organic Powder Coating

For many uses aluminium looks great in mill or anodised finish. There are occasions however when a colourful alternative may be required and that’s where GA’s ‘Spectra Bond’ powder coating (available in RAL colours) comes into its own.

The long-term performance characteristics of the environmentally friendly solvent free powder coating process, ensure wide usage for architectural projects. Often selected as the preferred option for fabricated items because the thickness of its coating often covers surface abrasions and processing marks. The thermally cured powder coating process provides a tough, easy to maintain and knock-resistant finish.

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We are a national and international supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium products including

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A guide to specifying bespoke aluminium

Gooding AluminiumAluminium is a highly versatile, lightweight and strong material and can be worked using a variety of metalworking techniques.

An increasing number of architectural projects involve the specification of worked aluminium. To assist with this process and to ensure the product realisation meets your expectation we would like to share with you some important design considerations.

Bespoke working involves making items to specifier requirement on a one-off type basis. Job specific – quantities, sizes, shapes, radii, fixing details etc., are all incorporated into the finished item.

With each unique specification there is a first time for everything. It is always possible that unexpected developments can arise.

Practical consideration in terms of material performance and / or machine capabilities can therefore cause some variation to the originally specified requirements. Tolerances with specially made items are generally looser than those for manufactured parts.

Component size can have a critical bearing on overall job cost effectiveness. Closely compare preferred size requirements to standard stock configurations. Small dimensional adjustments are often possible and can achieve significant financial savings.

Corner radii on bent / formed items are determined by a combination of material thickness and alloy grade. A radius on the outside corner, of up to twice the metal thickness, is possible.

Countersunk holes cannot be provided on material thinner than 1.2mm.

Crazing of anodic coatings will occur due to mechanical influences such as forming or bending. Anodic crazing by cold deformations of all kinds can be avoided by ensuring that these precede the anodising process.

Dimensional tolerances apply to all bespoke products.

Grain structure on brushed surfaces is best designed to run vertically, this minimises dirt entrapment and eases cleaning. Mill and anodised surface finishes can clearly show the metal grain and it is therefore preferable to avoid adjacent component surfaces with conflicting grain direction.

Insulate at connections with other metals, for maximum durability.

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Specially Perforated Aluminium & Wall Panels for Slough Project

Product: Specially perforated aluminium ceiling (soffit) panels for exterior canopy & Special perforated aluminium wall (façade) panels

Surface Finish: Gold Anodised

Client: Segro

Main Contractor: Overbury Ltd.

Sub-Contractor: Leyton Group Ltd.

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Gooding Aluminium provided specially perforated aluminium ceiling (soffit) panels for exterior canopy and special perforated aluminium wall (façade) panels in a gold anodised finish for a project based in Slough, Berkshire.

Our modern 5 Star Processing Service accurately and rapidly fabricated the Aluminium Ceiling Panels & Trays to meet the precise specification for the project.

Each (perforated) panel is designed with specific size holes and once fixed to the sub-frame at 2 separate layers it gives a ‘honeycomb’ effect when viewed from below.

The Gooding Aluminum service also efficiently fabricates other widely used architectural elements to the highest quality standards. Products include; Balustrade Panels, Perforated Sheet and Wall Cladding.

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Column casings – Providing a stylish integrated finish

The finishing touches to any construction project really do contribute to the overall appearance and feel of the build. In many cases it is these finishing touches that increase the client’s level of satisfaction in the project. When it comes to concealing structural columns and unsightly support structures, column casings have become the ultimate finishing touch.  Column casings provide a stylish integrated finish, which provides the perfect solution for concealing internal and external structural columns.

  There are many different types of materials that can be used for column casings. However, aluminum is steadily becoming the most popular material of choice.

Column Casings

Perforated Sheet: Mill Finish (Kings Wharf: Reading)

Aluminum is incredible stuff! It is a unique metal with a positive image that has become the chosen solution, for interior designers and architects worldwide for disguising structural columns. In an attempt to either hide or make a structural column an architectural feature, this incredibly versatile material can be folded, formed and impressed to conceal support structures, including those made of concrete and steel.

The many desirable design properties of aluminum alloy, including its lightweight to strength ratio, makes the material physically and aesthetically suitable for use as a column encasement. In addition to using aluminum casing as a disguise, many designers are now using the material just as a contemporary architectural feature. Aluminum column casing is growing to be the ‘must have’ decorative feature.

Among aluminum’s outstanding qualities are its cost effectiveness, corrosion resistance, durability, flexibility, lightness and sustainability through recycling, in addition to the attractive finish it presents. It should be emphasised that the architectural industry considers  Aluminum as a dependable and versatile material option, appropriate for concealing interior and exterior structural columns.

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Add a touch of style with Aluminium Wall Cladding

All too often architects and designers have had to choose between style and substance. Now there is no need to compromise as, aluminium wall cladding is fast becoming a design staple for contemporary commercial interiors. Interior architects and designers are using wall cladding systems in exciting an innovative ways to add a touch of style. Aluminium is fast becoming the material of choice when panel flatness and ease of fitting is a must.

Aluminium for Designers and Architects

Aluminium as a constructional metal fits in well with today’s requirements of sustainable design and technologically efficient materials. There aren’t many alternatives that can compete with aluminium’s long list of desirable qualities. These positive characteristics offer an; advanced, aesthetically pleasing, durable, hygienic, lightweight, low maintenance and 100% recyclable, form of wall construction that maintains high levels of service performance.

Gooding Aluminium’s wall cladding systems are frequently the answer to a number of problems that occur with refurbishment projects. For example existing partitions and walls that are coming to the end of their decorative service life can be concealed behind attractive lightweight aluminium ‘secret -fix’ cladding.

On projects where effective acoustic control is required Gooding Aluminium has an extensive range of perforated sheet patterns that, formed into cladding trays, can be combined with sound absorbing materials.

‘Gooding Aluminium’s wall cladding systems are the perfect blend of form and function, not to mention the most cost effective and easy fit solution for new build or refurbishment projects. The integration of an interior cladding system into a building’s design allows less expensive and quicker construction methods and materials to be used for the core structure.

The architectural community widely acknowledges the many qualities of aluminium including its strength, durability, substance and style!

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