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Case Study – BP Valhall Accommodation/Hotel Platform Project

Project: BP Valhall Accommodation/Hotel Platform

Location: North Sea, Norway

Product: Aluminium Wall Cladding Type WC2

Material: Perforated Sheet GA P1632 & Plain Aluminium Sheet GA 1539

Finish: Powder Coated RAL 7045 & RAL 7047

Client: BP Norge

Specifier: SLP Engineering

Project Background

BP Valhall Accommodation/Hotel Platform Project

The Valhall platform is located in the North Sea off the coast of Norway and is one of the largest offshore brownfield projects ever attempted across the globe. The $2.4billion project was to build a new accommodation/production platform, preserving a proportion of the existing infrastructure which was pending eventual decommissioning and to stop reservoir subsidence in order to extend field life to 2049.

The new production and hotel platform – has a design life of 40 years. It is sized for production of about 120,000 barrels of oil and 143million cu ft of gas per day; water handling capability of 200,000bpd; a topsides weight of some 16,000 tonnes, and jacket weighing in at 7,500 tonnes.

Aluminium Wall Cladding
BP Valhall Accommodation - Aluminium Wall Cladding

Project Details
Working with renowned SLP Engineering, Gooding Aluminium were contracted to supply aluminium wall cladding Type WC2, combining perforated and plain aluminium sheets, for the atrium accommodation facilities module (Perforated Aluminium Sheet GA P1632 & Plain Aluminium Sheet GA 1539).

Perforated Aluminium Sheet
Perforated Aluminium Sheet - Wall Cladding - BP Valhall Accommodation

The living quarters house 180 people, they are powered from offshore for additional energy efficiency, but more importantly, the Gooding Aluminium lightweight, powder coated finish perforated sheets weigh 1.38 kg/m2, and the plain aluminium sheets are 5.5 kg/m2. The lightweight nature of the panels helped to bring the platform within the specified weight limit, contributing to the ongoing subsidence control programme.

Perforated Aluminium Sheet - Aluminium Wall Cladding
Perforated Aluminium Sheet - Aluminium Wall Cladding

In total, over 950 aluminium panels were supplied, manufactured and delivered in 4 stages. Each stage delivered ahead of schedule and once again celebrated Gooding Aluminium’s enviable 100% quality control, whereupon no panels were rejected.


“I chose the Goodings system in preference to a variety of acoustic linings for the following reasons:-
a. Weight/performance met our strict criteria.
b. Reasonably easy to be installed by abseilers i.e. the fixing method and durability provided perfect product.
c. Cost
d. Repairable paint finish
e. Contractor experience of GA.
f. Crisp precise detailing and the system allows acoustic and non acoustic panels in the same coherent system.”

David Hennigan (Architect) Project Specifier; SLP Engineering Ltd.

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Gooding Aluminium Ceiling Panels – Jewish Museum, London

Project: Jewish Museum

Location: London

Product: Perforated aluminium ceiling panels type CP1

Finish: Powder Coated RAL 9006

Specifier: Long & Kentish Architects

Project Overview

Perforated Aluminium in tune with expanding Jewish Museum

Gooding Aluminium’s perforated aluminium ceiling trays played a key role in the stunning £10million transformation of the Jewish Museum in London.  The aluminium ceiling trays helped created a seamless effect to this high standard design project.

perforated aluminium ceiling trays
Perforated aluminium ceiling trays – Jewish Museum, London

Project Background

The Jewish Museum London recently opened it’s doors again following a remarkable transformation that culminated in a landmark museum that celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity. The museum formerly operated from two separate premises in north London, is now based in expanded premises in the heart of Camden Town. The museum’s two 19th century terraced buildings on Albert Street have been connected to an adjacent former piano factory, tripling the amount of space available for display.

Aluminium ceiling trays
Perforated Aluminium Ceiling trays at the Jewish Museum in London

This formidable re-development was made possible following a £4.2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Aluminium Ceiling Panels – Case Study – Scottish Ballet

Aluminium perforated ceiling trays at Scottish Ballet HQ help create an award-winning building

Gooding Aluminium’s perforated ceiling trays 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’.

Project: Scottish Ballet

Location: Tramway, Glasgow

Product: Aluminium Ceiling Trays, CP1

Finish: Ano-Sil Anodised

Specifier: Malcolm Fraser Architects

Seemingly floating en l’air the suspended perforated aluminium ceiling trays are filled with absorbent material to control and manage the acoustics within the technically demanding dance rehearsal studios.

Gooding Aluminium’s ceiling trays, effectively combining with florescent battens, produce a contemporary, elegant and simplistic solution to the overhead detailing in these exciting award-winning studio spaces.



Project Brief

The new headquarters building for Scottish Ballet replaces a derelict section of the Tramway arts centre on the Southside of Glasgow. The brief for the building comprised of three distinct areas – large technical workshops at ground floor, administration, wardrobe and music departments on the first floor, with three large rehearsal studios situated at the very top of the building. A large concrete stair connects Tramway’s existing foyer up to a new wood lined social space at the heart of Scottish Ballet’s building.

Aluminium Ceiling Trays, CP1
Scottish Ballet – Aluminium Ceiling Trays

Aluminium Ceiling Panels

Project Outcome

The external elevations of the building had a textured, pigmented concrete cladding panel applied at ground level, designed to deal with the robustness of the day-to-day life of the street. Above this, the remainder of the building has been clad in an aluminium profiled sheet which has varying profiles and colour (from dark grey to silver and gold), all intended to achieve a subtle layering that gives proportion and scale to the building.

Aluminium Ceiling Panels

The sustainable project has been delivered in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Arts Council (National Lottery Fund).

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