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Buildings, Maintenance & Refurbishment


Heradesign’s acoustic control reaches new heights


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ity of Glasgow College opened the doors to its new £228 million city centre Riverside Campus this autumn. The campus houses teaching accommodation for the Nautical and Engineering departments and a new halls of residence for the College. Heradesign from Knauf AMF is installed in the state-of-the art Engineering Hall. This large expanse includes lathe workshops, welding areas and a dedicated working ships engine room. Heradesign ceiling panels were chosen because they comply with Building Regulation BB93: acoustic design of schools


and provide outstanding acoustic control in this potentially noisy space. The Engineering Hall is a multi-functional environment with machinery operating and a number of tutorials taking place at the same time. The hall could be a difficult area in which to control disruptive noise, but because Heradesign panels provide Class A sound absorption they help control the ambient sound level, reduce reverberation and increase speech intelligibility. This helps create a productive learning environment for both lecturers and students.


In the Engineering Hall, the ceiling is fitted above the lighting and ventilation system to give the roof area a utilitarian look. Heradesign can also incorporate ventilation and lighting in the same installation to reduce visual clutter. All Knauf AMF ceilings are fully demountable making access and maintenance to the services in the void quick and simple.


Heradesign is ideal for educational buildings because the panels offer long-lasting durability, have high impact resistance and provide excellent fire safety.


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Fresh shades added to new Polysafe Wood fx collection


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olyflor has announced the relaunch of its popular Polysafe Wood fx PUR sheet vinyl safety flooring with the addition of brand new high clarity wood effect designs. Building on the established success of the classic designs within Polyflor’s Wood fx range, a new series of six on- trend wood styles have been introduced, some featuring a wider plank format for more contemporary look. The fresh additions to Polyflor’s enlarged collection of 12 Wood fx designs are Oiled Oak, Sun Bleached Oak, Roasted Limed Ash, Tropical Pine, Aged Oak and Nero Oak.


Providing sustainable wet slip resistance in busy, public areas where there is a risk of water spillage, heavy commercial grade Wood fx is suitable for high traffic environments in the education sector such as reception areas, atriums, circulation spaces, classrooms, washrooms and changing rooms. Ease of maintenance in high footfall areas is important and Wood fx’s cleanability is enhanced with Polysafe PUR, a cross-linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement to achieve superior cleaning benefits, improved dirt pick up as well as optimum appearance and colour retention levels. Tom Rollo, Polyflor’s Marketing Manager comments, “As the UK market leading safety flooring manufacturer we ensure our collections evolve to incorporate the latest flooring trends. Polysafe Wood fx PUR continues to be one of our most popular safety flooring ranges, so by expanding the colour palette we can now offer more contemporary designs options to customers specifying for projects in the education sector.”


www.polyflor.com November 2015


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