Guest Blog – Armstrong – Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School

CCF Supplies Armstrong Ceilings for Welsh Comprehensive School


Armstrong Ceilings help with sound and sight in a new teaching block. The two to three-storey steel-frame building replaces a 1970s three-storey CLASP-type teaching block to bring accommodation into the 21st Century and was designed to BREEAM “Excellent” and BIM Level 2 standards.


Some 2,000m2 of Armstrong’s D-H 700 micro perforated metal Hook-On canopies, Axiom Knife Edge canopies with Ultima+ tiles and MicroLook 8 wood-effect metal tiles were specified by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for the £12.5 million new secondary teaching block at Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School in the upper Swansea Valley in South Wales.

Used throughout the new 6,500m2 building, the D-H 700 metal Hook-On canopies with acoustic fleece were installed in classrooms whilst the Axiom Knife Edge with Ultima+ Vector tiles were used in other areas. Perla 600mm x 600mm mineral fibre tiles were also fitted in classrooms and toilet areas.

In addition, the 1200mm x 300mm MicroLook 8 Lay-In tiles finished in an oak wood effect and featuring a 100mm Axiom Classic profile were used in spaces such as circulation and break-out areas and the three-storey atrium.

The 19-month long build by main contractor Dawnus Construction as part of the South Wales Regional Contractors Framework was challenging due to the tight site and restricted working spaces. A team of eight from specialist subcontractor SAM Drylining installed the Armstrong Ceiling Solutions over five months.

SAM Drylining contracts manager Ian Bartlett said: “This was a large extension to a comprehensive school and consisted of several different ceiling make-ups, including Armstrong’s metal acoustic rafts and Knife Edge canopies, all floating in different areas with no ceilings above, and then several thousand metres of Armstrong Lay-In grid”.

“The programme was a challenging one but was coordinated closely with all other subcontractors on site. If alterations to sequence or design were required Armstrong’s technical team attended to site to discuss and were able to agree changes at site level, making the installation as painless as you’d expect.”

“They are aesthetically pleasing. The ceiling rafts in the classrooms complied with sound and

visual requirements but also allowed us to use the exposed structural slab as thermal mass.”

Spokesperson, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.


Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council


Dawnus Construction


SAM Drylining


CCF, Cardiff


  • D-H 700 micro perforated metal hook-on canopies
  • Axiom Knife Edge canopies
  • Ultima+ Vector mineral fibre tiles
  • MicroLook 9 wood-effect metal lay-in tiles
  • Perla mineral fibre tiles


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