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Protective facing panels for David Turnbull Music School

Project: David Turnbull Music School

Location: Solihull

Product: Axis Patterned Aluminium Sheets

Finish: Matt (Anodised)

Specifier: Malcolm Payne Group

Project Background

Solihull School opened the doors of the David Turnbull Music School in Spring 2010. The £3 million self-contained building on the Warwick Road campus offers pupils one of the most comprehensively equipped and technologically advanced music facilities in the region.

As a result, the independent school’s capacity has increased to involve many more of its 1,000 pupils in learning, practising and performing music.

Patterned aluminium
Axis Patterned Aluminium sheets – Protective Facing Panels

Lead specifiers, Malcolm Payne Group (Birmingham) provided architectural excellence in the creation of the integrated music centre for teaching, study and performance. The David Turnbull Music School – named after a former head of music at Solihull School – includes a spacious 100-seat recital room and a recording studio with direct audio and video links to the main performance spaces.

The practice, teaching and ensemble rooms are grouped around a central atrium, together with a computer suite designed to encourage a new generation of young composers.

Project Solutions

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 school.

Patterned aluminium sheet

The clean cut lines of the matt anodised Axis pattern deliver a crisp contemporary look and by minimising undesirable reflections, deliver high levels of optical performance.

Axis patterned aluminium sheet

Patterned aluminium sheets are available from GA in a wide selection of patterns and finishes.

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About Patterned Aluminium Sheet

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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.

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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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Transformational Aluminium Sheet

Theres no blurring around the edges and corners with GAs stunningly different Transformational range of sharp relief geometric aluminium sheet patterns.

These new leading edge Transformational aluminium sheet designs are excitingly inventive and positively mood setting with their distinctive and clearly cut forms.

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‘We use your aluminium products in fitness clubs and find your service second to none’

Mark Coleman, Admiral Construction Services

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Aluminium Treadplate – Case Study – London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture use Super lightweight aluminium treadplates, making Duke of York Steps accessible for all.

The project brief was to make the historic site of the Duke of York Steps (running between The Mall and Waterloo Place near Lower Regent Street) accessible for all. Previously, the steps were completely inaccessible to wheel chair users. Gooding Aluminium’s super lightweight aluminium treadplates (GA HGP1601) were the perfect partner for this weight sensitive and innovative project.

Project: Zero-Energy Lift Tower

(partly sponsored by Gooding Aluminium)

Event: London Festival of Architecture 2010

Location: Duke of York Steps, St James’s

Park, London SW1

Product: GA HGP1601 Aluminium Treadplate

Architect/Designer: Matthew Lloyd Architects

Client: The Royal Parks

The core objective was to facilitate the passage of a person in a wheelchair or mobility scooter up and down the steps using dignified and independent means without connecting to mains electricity. This installation has become one of the key highlights of the West End focus for the London Festival of Architecture 2010 and there is future development planned for a more permanent solution for the London Olympics in 2012.


Project Solutions

Gooding Aluminium’s workshop fabricated the slip resistant alloy material into folded trays for use as flooring plates on the access ramp and lift floor. Aluminium is perfect for incorporating into weight sensitive applications, such as this one. 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.

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