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We have recently expanded our already comprehensive high quality stock range of aluminium profiles with a natural anodised surface finish.

Even more aluminium angles, aluminium channels and various architectural profiles, shapes and mouldings have been added to the ‘off the shelf’ surface finish options at Gooding Aluminium.One of the advantages of architectural anodising is that it adds both protective and aesthetic features to aluminium. The electrolytic process thickens, seals and hardens the protective film that is already present on the aluminium surface.

Anodic films are not simply coatings but are integrated with the metal’s surface structure and are therefore less likely to crack and peel.

It is also good to know that one of the wonders of anodising is that it produces superb metallic translucent effects. This is something that cannot be achieved with other surface treatments.

With an ever increasing emphasis being placed on service longevity and ease of maintenance etc., anodised aluminium is coming up trumps being durable, easy to clean, environmentally safe and economically viable to recycle, while looking great into the bargain!

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More and more professional specifiers’ are selecting silky smooth anodised aluminium as a finish of choice for a wide variety of internal and external applications.

Our ever increasing choice of anodised aluminium now extends to aluminium angle, aluminium channel, aluminium flat bar, aluminium tee, glazing channels, stair nosings, wall board sections and a multitude of aluminium mouldings and profiles.

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Comprehensive changes are being implemented in the way schools are designed and built. Building cost reduction is driving the new schools building agenda. However it has also been recognised that inexpensive, short-term solutions do not necessarily produce cost savings over longer periods.

There will need to be an increased emphasis on assessing the life-cycle costs of interior design materials. Careful consideration will be given to select materials that are durable, easy to clean, environmentally safe and are economically viable to recycle.

Perforated & Anodised Wall Cladding: Pimlico Academy

Perforated & Anodised Wall Cladding: Pimlico Academy

You should know that anodised aluminium’s credentials are impeccable in all these respects.

Architectural anodising both compliments and enhances aluminium’s natural qualities. The electrolytic process seals, thickens and hardens the protective oxide film that is present on its surface.

Anodised Balustrade Panels: Christ Church School

Anodised Balustrade Panels: Christ Church School

Anodic films are integrated with the metal’s structure and are therefore less likely to crack and peel.

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‘Spoilt for choice’ would seem to be the case for the diversity of materials available to the Café and Restaurant designer.

It is widely recognised that material selection is one of the defining moments in the ultimate success of any commercial eatery venture.

Anodised aluminium is one of those materials that have consistently proved its worth over many years to the specifier market, both in terms of visual appearance and service longevity.

Anodised bar fascia: Wagamama

Anodised bar fascia: Wagamama

One of the great things about the anodising process is that it’s a fusion of science and nature. Yes anodised aluminium is a finish but also a product!

During anodising the natural oxide film on aluminium’s surface is thickened by an electrolytic reaction resulting in a hardened light fast finish with excellent adhesion properties. It will not chip or peel.

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Before extolling the virtues of anodised aluminium let’s clarify the anodising process itself.

Anodising is an electrolytic process which has been established in the architectural sector for the past seventy years.

Aluminium naturally possesses an oxide film on its surface. This oxide film acts as a barrier to corrosion and is the one of the main reasons aluminium is considered a low maintenance and therefore cost effective metal.

During the anodising process, the natural oxide film present on the metal’s surface is thickened by an electrolytic treatment into a hard abrasion resistant finish.

Perforated aluminium in anodised finish
Perforated aluminium in anodised finish

The thickened aluminium surface has a number of advantageous properties as compared with aluminium in its raw state. These significant advantages include the development of a silky smooth satin finish and a surface which is also more resistant to knocks and scratches and general wear and tear.

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Tiger Tiger in Croydon is part of a national bar/restaurant chain.  It has recently been refurbished to a high quality specification that includes the infamous VIP White Room.  The White Room, designed to give visitors the ‘ultimate clubbing experience’, now benefits from Gooding Aluminium’s Vertex pattern surface protection aluminium sheets surrounding the floor to ceiling columns situated around the dance floor and bar areas.

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Noodle Street restaurant, based in the popular Docklands area, London went through a refurbishment earlier this year which resulted in a brand new seating and bar area. Gooding Aluminium’s anodised Ver-T-Fix panel system was used to clad the bar/counter feature in this contemporary eating establishment. The restaurant has taken on a heady gastronomic challenge: to expand the principally Chinese-based menu, now speckled with speciality dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.

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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.

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Gooding Aluminium supplied custom-made aluminium balustrade panels for the refurbishment of the Queen Mary University 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. ——————————————————————————————————-

Gooding Aluminium’s perforated ceiling panels have been used to assist with acoustic control in the new head quarters building for Scottish Ballet. The new HQ has been awarded two prizes at the prestigious Scottish Design Awards: ‘Best Public Building’ and the ‘Architecture Grand Prix’.

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Gooding Aluminium’s Axis patterned sheets have received a chorus of approval since being utilised as decorative and protective facing panels to the recital room entrance doors at the David Turnbull Music School in Solihull.

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