A suspended grid system from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, that sub-contractors have found supremely quick to install, has been used on a building forming part of a council’s biggest-ever capital investment programme.
Some 3,500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS (Drywall Grid System) was specified for the new state-of-the-art £13.1 million new Dumbarton Care Home designed by Cooper Cromar Architects for West Dumbarton Council in conjunction with Hub West Scotland, its development partner.
The DGS suspension system for plasterboard ceilings gives specifiers the option to use as a standalone, wall-to-wall, or in combination with Armstrong tiles and Axiom perimeter systems as a fully compatible solution. It is available in three versions – standard for typical flat installations, faceted for curved and domed ceilings of any radius, and Shortspan for smaller areas such as corridors.
Designed for strength, but using 15% less steel, the CE-marked Drywall Grid System utilises Armstrong’s popular T-shaped grids and can easily incorporate service elements such as light fixtures, access panels and air diffusers or ventilation systems.
At Dumbarton Care Home the standard system has been used throughout the 23,000m2 brick and block building on the site of the former Crosslet House alongside other Armstrong systems for exposed ceilings to give the project a complete wall to wall ceiling solution.
It complements a total of more than 1,400m2 of Armstrong’s 600 x 600mm Bioguard Plain Board tiles with 24mm exposed grid to the back of house and staff areas and all toilets/changing areas as well as Armstrong’s 600 x 600mm Optima Vector tiles with 24mm exposed grid to the high-level main entrance area, and Armstrong’s 1200 x 300mm Metal Bioguard Plain tiles to all corridor areas within DGS plasterboard margins.
The new care home comprises 84 residential bedrooms grouped in domestically-scaled seven-bedroom clusters. These are arranged to provide 56 ground-floor and 28 first-floor bedrooms. It also incorporates steel-framed day care facilities for 50 people, along with associated access, parking and communal/courtyard landscaping.
The Armstrong systems were installed by specialist sub-contractor Brian Hendry Interiors, a member of Armstrong’s Green Omega network of sustainably-certified installers, for main contractor Morgan Sindall.
Managing director Brian Hendry said: “Armstrong’s DGS is without a doubt a good product and compared to a traditional MF system the installation time is reduced, with basically one of the MF installation elements removed completely.”
He explained that other MF (Metal Framework) systems involve hangers, a primary channel and a support section beneath which the plasterboard is screwed to. But Armstrong’s system only involves hangers, main bars and cross tees which the plasterboard is screwed to.
“The contractor and their sub-contractor proposed the Armstrong system as we wanted to maintain a clean, seamless transition between the necessary grid/panel suspended ceilings and the more domestic MF ceiling finishes. So they help to maintain a domestic aesthetic but also provide ease of access in highly serviced ceiling zones. We are very happy with how the Armstrong system has allowed the mix of finishes to work well together and transition from one to another.” Cooper Cromar project architect Kevin Fitzpatrick
Brian Hendry Interiors
- Drywall Grid System
- DGS plasterboard margins
- Bioguard Plain Metal tiles
- Axiom perimeter and Axiom transition systems
- Bioguard Plain Board mineral tiles
- Optima Vector mineral tiles