ARMSTRONG CEILINGS

ARMSTRONG HOUSE
38 MARKET SQUARE
UXBRIDGE
MIDDLESEX UB8 1NG

Tel: 0800 371849
Fax: 01895 274287

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Suppliers of: suspended ceiling tiles acoustic curved ceiling tiles timber ceiling tiles metal ceiling tiles mineral ceiling tiles

Mineral, Metal and Timber Ceilings.

Backed by 150 years of innovation, Armstrong World Industries Ltd is a global leader in supplying ceiling and wall solutions in market segments such as Office, Education, Health, Retail, Transport and Hospitality.

Armstrong Ceilings Range

Armstrong remains a foremost name in the building industry, known and trusted for reliable quality & technological innovations. Armstrong’s offers a peerless portfolio of materials including:

  • Mineral
  • Metal
  • Wood

Ceiling systems include suspension systemsTECH ZONE which guarantees the integration of services such as lighting, air handling, loudspeakers,  chilled beam and CoolZone, a innovative ceilingcassette which incorparates BASF Micronal phase change material.

Its ceiling systems deliver an improved environment for users’ well-being, with options that passively resist germs and reduce a building’s reliance on artificial light and air-conditioning. A peerless 30-year system warranty also gives peace of mind.

For more information, the Armstrong Ceilings app is available from both the Apple store as well as the Google Play store by clicking on one of the links below with your mobile device www.armstrong.com/CeilingDownloads-Apple or www.armstrong.com/CeilingDownloads-Android

Armstrong CAD Components

CAD components are available three dimensional view as well as system cross section in both dwg and pdf formats and are available from: http://www.armstrong.co.uk/commclgeu/eu1/uk/gb/cad_drawings.html

Acoustic Solutions

Armstrong can provide product specifications for a complete range of acoustic solutions (Intelligibility, Concentration and Confidentiality) such as mineral, wood, metal tiles and canopies to invisible in-ceiling speaker systems.

We also have a number of useful acoustic tools on our acoustic micro site. A ‘reverberation simulator’ which compares the different reverberation times of various tiles to help specifiers make the best choice for their desired sound quality and a ceiling selector, complete with in-situ tile images, to assist in making decisions about style and material. For further acoustic solutions visit www.acousticalceilings.co.uk

Sustainable Solutions

Armstrong sustainable innovations include the following recycling schemes:

  • End Of Life (EOL) Recycling Scheme - Armstrong offers a free collection programme for refurbishment / strip out projects anywhere in the UK. The ceiling tiles are 100% recycled into the mix and are processed into new ceiling tiles.
  • Off Cut Recycling Scheme (OCR) - Off-cut ceiling tiles from new ceiling installations are stored on site in specially supplied bags and collected by Armstrong to be recycled into new ceiling tiles.
  • New Ceilings - All Armstrong metal ceilings are recyclable and contain up to 30% recycled material. Mineral Ceilings can contain up to 82% recycled

Armstrong Ceilings was the first European mineral tile manufacturer to win Cradle to Cradle® certification for ceiling systems that comprise high recycled content to start. It also helped pioneer ceiling recycling worldwide. Its two schemes – for ceiling off-cuts and for tiles at the end of their life divert increasingly large amounts of waste from landfill every year.

ACOUSTIC BAFFLES Suspended Demountable
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Aluminium .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Cleanroom / Clean Zones .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Curved .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Free Hanging .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Glassfibre .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Gypsum .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Light Reflective Surface .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Metal .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Metal Effect .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Perforated Mineral Fibre .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Perforated Steel .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Perforated Wood .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Sound Absorbing Sound Absorbtive .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Sound Reduction Noise Reduction
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Steel .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Wood Effect .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Wood Laminate .
ACOUSTIC CEILING PANELS Wood Veneered .
ACOUSTIC CEILINGS Floating Modular Systems .
ACOUSTIC CEILINGS Free-Hanging Units Suspended Canopies Canopy
ACOUSTIC CEILINGS Island Ceilings Floating Ceilings .
ACOUSTIC CEILINGS Island Ceilings Floating Ceilings Acoustical Retrofit
ACOUSTIC FIXINGS Sound Transmission Reducing Ceiling Hangers
ACOUSTIC INSULATION Ceiling Pads .
ACOUSTIC PANELS Purpose Made .
ACOUSTIC PANELS Suspended Ceiling Hung - See Also ACOUSTIC BAFFLES:
ACOUSTIC PANELS Wall Mounted Baffles .
ACOUSTIC TILES Ceiling .
ARCHITECTURAL Claddings .
ARCHITECTURAL Claddings Metal
ARCHITECTURAL Curved Aluminium Sections .
ARCHITECTURAL Curved Steel Sections .
ARCHITECTURAL Metal Mesh .
ARCHITECTURAL Suspended Ceilings Metal
CEILING ABSORBERS Acoustic Suspended .
CEILING HANGERS
CEILING LINING SYSTEMS Suspended Drywall Grid .
CEILING MODULE SYSTEMS Technical Elements Combined Included .
CEILING PANELS Cleanroom / Clean Zones .
CEILING PANELS Cleanroom / Clean Zones BS EN ISO 14644-1
CEILING PANELS Climate Control Passive Systems
CEILING PANELS Climate Control PCM Phase Change Material Cassettes
CEILING PANELS Curved .
CEILING PANELS Fire Protection .
CEILING PANELS Fire Protection EN 13501-1 Class A1
CEILING PANELS Fire Protection EN 13501-1 Class A2
CEILING PANELS Fire Protection EN 13501-1 Class B
CEILING PANELS Heated and Chilled Systems .
CEILING PANELS Hygienic .
CEILING PANELS Hygienic Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial Protection
CEILING PANELS Impact Resistant .
CEILING PANELS Lighting .
CEILING PANELS Linear .
CEILING PANELS Mesh Metal Sheet
CEILING PANELS Power Operated Swing Drop Down
CEILING PANELS RAL Colours Coloured
CEILING PANELS Trapezoidal .
CEILING PANELS Wood Timber Effect .
CEILING PANELS Wood Timber Effect Metal Panels
CEILING PLANKS Fire Resistant .
CEILING PLANKS London Underground (LUL) Section 12 Compliant .
CEILING RECYCLING SERVICES Tile / Panel / Plank / Recycling Schemes Recycled Service ISO 14021
CEILING RECYCLING SERVICES Tile / Panel / Plank Recycling Schemes End of Life Recycling (EOL)
CEILING RECYCLING SERVICES Tile / Panel / Plank Recycling Schemes Offcut Recyling Service
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Cleanroom Grid .
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Corrosive Resistant Grid Corrosion Resistant Grid
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Curved .
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid .
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Arches
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Barrel Vaults
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Curved
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Domes
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Plasterboard Ceilings
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Drywall Grid Shortspan
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Island Ceilings Floating Ceilings
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Lining .
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Longspan .
CEILING SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Steel .
CEILING TILES Acoustic .
CEILING TILES Acoustic Moisture Resistant
CEILING TILES Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial .
CEILING TILES Calcium Silicate .
CEILING TILES Cleanroom / Clean Zones .
CEILING TILES Cleanroom / Clean Zones BS EN ISO 14644-1
CEILING TILES Climate Control Passive Systems
CEILING TILES Climate Control PCM Phase Change Material Cassettes
CEILING TILES Coloured Pastel Colours
CEILING TILES Condensation Resistant .
CEILING TILES Corrosion Resistant .
CEILING TILES Curved .
CEILING TILES Demountable .
CEILING TILES Digitally Printed Designs .
CEILING TILES Fire Resisting BS EN 13501-1 Euroclass A1 .
CEILING TILES Fire Resisting BS EN 13501-1 Euroclass A2 .
CEILING TILES Fissured .
CEILING TILES Flame Resisting BS EN 13964: Class 0
CEILING TILES For Sprinkler Systems Technical Tiles
CEILING TILES Hinged .
CEILING TILES HTM 60 .
CEILING TILES Humidity Resistant .
CEILING TILES Hygienic .
CEILING TILES Impact Resistant .
CEILING TILES Linear .
CEILING TILES Metal .
CEILING TILES Metal Colourcoated
CEILING TILES Metal Hygienic Antibacterial Antimicrobial Coating
CEILING TILES Metal Mesh
CEILING TILES Metal Perforated
CEILING TILES Metal Plain
CEILING TILES Metal Powdercoated
CEILING TILES Metal Purpose Made
CEILING TILES Metal Wood Effect Finish
CEILING TILES Microperforated .
CEILING TILES Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool .
CEILING TILES Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool C2C Silver Certification (Cradle to Cradle)
CEILING TILES Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool Ceramic Composition Ceramic Bonded
CEILING TILES Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool Foil Faced
CEILING TILES Mineral Fibre / Mineral Wool Laminated
CEILING TILES Moisture Resistant .
CEILING TILES Monolithic Appearance .
CEILING TILES Open Cell .
CEILING TILES Perforated .
CEILING TILES Perforated Needlepoint Fine Fissured
CEILING TILES Plain .
CEILING TILES Purpose Made .
CEILING TILES Sound Absorbing .
CEILING TILES Sterile Areas .
CEILING TILES Suspended Ceilings .
CEILING TILES Technical Tiles for Services
CEILING TILES Textured .
CEILING TILES Timber .
CEILING TILES Vinyl Faced .
CEILING TILES Wood Natural Wood Appearance
CEILING TILES Wood Laminate .
CEILING TILES Wood Veneer .
CEILING TILES Wood Veneer FSC Certified
CEILINGS Heated and Chilled Systems .
CEILINGS Heated and Chilled Systems Purpose Made
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Metal .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Metal Coloured Powder Coated RAL Colours
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Metal Decorative
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Metal Purpose Made
CLEANROOM Ceilings .
CLEANROOM Ceilings BS EN ISO 14644-1
CLEANROOM Ceilings ISO 3,4,5,6,7,8
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Acoustic Sound Absorbers
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Decorative Shapes
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Flat Panel Canopy Ceilings
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Free Floating Suspended Canopy Ceilings
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Metal
SUSPENDED CEILING Canopies Modular Ceiling Clouds
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Acoustic .See Also ACOUSTIC CEILINGS:
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Aluminium .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Baffle Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Baffle Systems Vertical Baffles
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Bandraster Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Cassette Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Cleanrooms .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Climate Control PCM Phase Change Material Cassettes Incorporated
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Clip-In Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Concealed Grid .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Concealed Grid Semi Concealed
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Corridor Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Corrosive Resistant Corrosion Resistance
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Curved .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Curved Domed
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Demountable .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Discontinuous Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Education Establishments .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Exposed Grid .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Fire Resistant .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Food Preparation .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Hook-On Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Hospital Healthcare Applications
SUSPENDED CEILINGS HTM 60 .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Hygienic .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Impact Resistant .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Insulating .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Lay-In Panel Systems .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Linear .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Metal .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Open Cell .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Operating Theatres Sterile Rooms
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Plasterboard .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Purpose Made Bespoke
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Semi-External .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Severe Conditions Blast Resistant EN 13964
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Severe Conditions Chemical Installations
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Severe Conditions Earthquake Resistant
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Severe Conditions Nuclear Installations
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Sound Absorbing .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Sound Reduction Noise Reduction
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Sports Hall .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Steel .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Swimming Pool Humid Environment Conditions
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Vaulted Design .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Waveform Design Curves Curving
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Wood .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Wood Laminate .
SUSPENDED CEILINGS Wood Veneer .
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Acoustic See Also ACOUSTIC PANELS:
ACADEMY Ceiling Tiles & Planks
ALPHA CLASS Framed Acoustic Panels
AXAL Metal Ceiling Panels
AXIOM Ceiling Panels
AXIOM C Acoustic Canopies
AXIOM CANOPY Acoustic Canopies
AXIOM CIRCLE Modular Suspended Ceiling Canopy Systems
AXIOM CLASSIC Suspended Ceiling Systems
AXIOM CURVES Modular Suspended Ceiling Canopy Systems
AXIOM KE Modular Suspended Ceiling Canopy Systems
AXIOM KNIFE EDGE Suspended Ceiling Canopies
AXIOM L Modular Suspended Ceiling Canopy Systems
AXIOM PROFILES Suspended Ceiling Systems
AXIOM TRANSITIONS Ceiling Panels
B-H 300 EASY Ceiling Planks
BANDRASTER Suspended Ceiling System
BIOGUARD Ceiling Panels
BIOGUARD ACOUSTIC Acoustic Ceiling Panels/Tiles
CELLIO Ceiling Tiles & Planks
CERAMAGUARD Ceiling Panels
CHANNELLED Ceiling Panels
CIRRUS Ceiling Tiles & Planks
CLEAN ROOM Hygienic Ceiling Systems
CLEANROOM Hygienic Ceiling Systems
COLORTONE Coloured Ceiling Tiles Planks
COOLZONE Suspended Ceilings
CORTEGA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
CRADLE TO CRADLE Product Certification Systems
D-CLIP Modular Suspended Ceiling Canopy Systems
DUNE Ceiling Tiles & Planks
DUNE DB Ceiling Board
DUNE EVO Ceiling Tiles
DUNE MAX Ceiling Board
DUNE SUPREME Ceiling Board
DUNE VECTOR Ceiling Board
EASY Suspended Ceiling Canopies
EFFECTS ON METAL Metal Ceiling Panels
EXTRA MICROPERFORATED Metal Ceiling Panels
F-CLIP Access System Corridor Ceilings
FASTRAK Suspended Ceiling System
FILAMENTS Acoustic Ceiling Panels
FINE-FISSURED Mineral Ceiling Tiles
FORMATIONS Acoustic Canopies
GRAPHIS Ceiling Tiles & Planks
HYDROBOARD Hygienic Ceiling System
INFUSIONS Acoustic Canopies
INFUSIONS Ceiling Panels
INTERLUDE Suspended Ceiling System
LONGSPAN Suspended Ceiling System
MADERA Wood Veneer Ceiling Tile
METAL Acoustic Ceiling Baffles
METALWORKS Ceiling Panels
METALWORKS 3D Metal Ceiling Tiles
METALWORKS CLOUDS Suspended Ceiling Canopies
METALWORKS LINEAR Metal Ceiling Tiles
METALWORKS MESH Metal Ceiling Tiles
METALWORKS RADIAL Metal Ceiling Panels
METALWORKS TEGULAR Metal Ceiling Tiles
METALWORKS TIN Metal Ceiling Panels
METALWORKS VECTOR Metal Ceiling Panels
MEZZANINE Acoustic Ceiling Panels/Tiles
MICROLINE Suspended Ceiling Systems
MICROLOOK Ceiling Panels
MYLAR Ceiling Panels
NEEVA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
NEVADA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
NEWFONE Ceiling Panels
NEWTONE Ceiling Tiles & Planks
OP RANGE Acoustic Ceiling Panels
OPTIMA Acoustic Ceiling Baffles
OPTIMA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
OPTIMA Acoustic Canopies
OPTIMAL Acoustic Canopies
ORCAL Metal Ceiling Panels
PARAFON HYGIEN Ceiling Panels
PEAKFORM Suspended Ceiling System
PERLA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
PRELUDE Suspended Ceiling System
PRELUDE 24 XL2 Suspended Ceilings
PRELUDE SIXTY Suspended Ceiling Systems
PREMIUM B15 Metal Ceiling Tiles
PREMIUM OP19 Metal Ceiling Panels
Q-CLIP Acoustic Metal Ceilings
QUIKSTIX Drywall Framing Systems
R-CLIP Metal Ceiling Panels
R-H 215 SYSTEM Acoustic Metal Ceilings
R-L 201 SYSTEM Metal Ceiling Tiles
S-CLIP Acoustic Metal Ceilings
S-CLIP F Suspended Ceiling Systems
SAHARA VECTOR Mineral Ceiling Tiles
SEISMIC RX Suspended Ceiling Systems
SEKTOR Ceiling Tiles & Planks
SERPENTINA Curved Suspended Ceiling Systems
SHORTSPAN Drywall Framing Systems
SIERRA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
SILHOUETTE Suspended Ceiling System
SIXTY 2 Suspended Ceiling System
SONOPERF D® Metal Ceiling Tiles
SOUNDSCAPES Acoustic Canopies
STRONGBACK Drywall Framing Systems
SUPERLOCK Suspended Ceiling System
SYNONYMES Ceiling Tiles & Planks
SYSTEM Z Suspended Ceiling System
T-CLIP F Ceiling Planks
TATRA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
TECH ZONE Ceiling Module
TECHZONE Ceiling Panels
TEGULAR Metal Ceiling Tiles
TLS Ceiling Grid Systems
TRIOGUARD Protective Coatings
TRULOK Suspended Ceiling System
ULTIMA Acoustic Canopies
ULTIMA Ceiling Tiles
ULTIMA Ceiling Tiles & Planks
VECTOR Ceiling Edge Detail
VISUAL Ceiling Tile
W-H 1000 Wall Claddings
WOODWORKS Acoustic Canopies
ZONETECH Ceiling Systems

Armstrong Ceilings - Constructing efficiency from above

October 2019

Constructing efficiency from above

With six billion people estimated to be living in cities by 2050, how can ceilings help accommodate such growth? Ian Clarke, commercial technical manager for Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, discusses.

The construction industry is at a critical juncture. Headcounts worldwide are growing, and growing fast - and the projected numbers are staggering. It's predicted there will be nine billion people worldwide by 2050, with two out of every three living in cities by the same date. For those tasked with designing and building our cities, the challenges of such accelerated growth quickly add up. From skills shortages and needlessly complicated supply chains to a fear of embracing BIM, it's never been more important to face the challenge head on.

But what can be done today to help counter the increased building demand of tomorrow? Simply put, a drive towards greater construction efficiency. To this end, any opportunity for increased simplicity and proficiency should be welcomed. While the building envelope is an obvious focus for building faster and more effectively, the internal space should not be overlooked.

Start how you mean to go on

While the outside of a building goes a long way to define architectural appeal, it's the interior space which creates comfort and usability. By enhancing light and acoustics, ceilings are a critical aspect of this process, and they are an area where architects, specifiers and installers all stand to benefit from enhanced methodologies.

Involving ceiling manufacturers at the beginning of the design and specification stage is critical. In doing so, a more collaborative, transparent working environment is established where questions from all parties are openly asked and existing conventions are challenged. The result is that key concerns are raised earlier, leading to less rework down the line. A team that's working together clearly and cohesively also works more efficiently, which will become increasingly important as demand and population figures continue to rise.

On call with one call

In our always-on world, everyone expects to be able to get what they want with a single tap, click or call. The ceiling industry is no different. It's why, at Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, we provide everything from industry-leading products and expert support right through to training. For example, in the UK 90% of Armstrong products are available next day, while a 24-hour call-to-site service is also available. This approach aids efficiency by greatly simplifying supply chains and, in turn, minimising exposure to unforeseen delays.

Working the right way, right away

Increasingly, contractors are being asked to take on greater responsibility and become jacks of all construction trades. This is leading to increased levels of superficial knowledge and a move to hiring generalists over specialists. While some short-term benefits may exist, the long-term inefficiencies in moving away from specialist expertise are likely to cause serious issues in terms of meeting demand and maintaining quality standards.

By realising this, we've made it a clear mission at Armstrong Ceiling Solutions to maintain specialisation and in-depth knowledge in contractors' skillsets, combining comprehensive training at the renowned Armstrong Installation School, technical support from our ceiling specialists and - in the UK - the Omega Contractor programme of Armstrong recognised specialist ceiling installers. As a result, contractors are able to draw on both their experience and comprehensive, targeted expertise in order to deliver best practice in terms of cost and construction efficiencies.

Win with BIM

The digital age is playing an ever-increasing role in all aspects of construction, meaning a meticulous attention to data is no longer a need, but a must. And Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to play an ever more prominent role in terms of delivering ceiling construction efficiency.

The benefits of BIM are manifold, not least in terms of improving collaboration and enhancing decision-making. It also greatly reduces rework and eliminates costly duplication of drawings, freeing up talent and capital to be used elsewhere. Yet many within the industry are still not yet fully equipped to deal with BIM, preferring instead to rely on time-proven methodologies. But with just 30 years before we reach the estimated worldwide populace of nine billion, it's way past time for the industry at large to embrace future-facing technologies and techniques; to look proactively at methods that will enable all of us to construct a more efficient future for all.

Building efficiency into products

While service and support help increase project efficiency, it's important also to consider the role of the products themselves - in terms of both ease of installation and environmental sustainability. In both cases, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions builds efficiency into its portfolio.

To complement our world-leading range of tiles, we've developed a range of highly engineered products - including grids and canopy kits - which simplify installation and maintenance, helping minimise time on site and accelerating project completion.

Last but not least, there's the efficiency in the products themselves. Currently, some 60% of all materials are used in creating and maintaining our built environment - with a significant amount enduing their service life in landfill. Products which can be recycled and re-used therefore add value to the process as well as to our planet. Among Armstrong Ceiling Solution's range are a number of products certified as ‘Cradle to Cradle' (C2C), which means they're responsibly manufactured and endlessly re-usable. Already a requirement for certain projects in the United States and Europe, C2C is sure to become more widespread, helping contractors provide transparency and protecting our environment for future generations.

To learn more about how Armstrong Ceiling Solutions can help you construct a more efficient future, visit www.armstrongceilingsolutions.co.uk.

Armstong Top of the class: How ceilings are aiding learning for today’s youth

October 2019

Top of the class: How ceilings are aiding learning for today’s youth

A school is a world in itself. A self-contained eco-system which, like our wider world, is experiencing over-crowding, with class sizes rising, and a distracted population, and ever-more social media outlets clamouring for attention.

For this, teachers face more and more challenges each day, and when it comes to engaging and holding students’ attention, they need all the help they can get. This is where the school’s physical environment comes into play. Here, Ian Clarke, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions’ commercial technical manager, outlines a few ways the ceiling itself can aid and promote learning, as well as some of the critical considerations for designing spaces in which learning can thrive.

Sound principles

Research clearly shows acoustics have a profound impact on learning. In their study of two schools in London, for example, Evans and Maxwell1 concluded that poor acoustics can result in many students struggling to understand one in four words spoken. And, as classroom sizes grow and teachers strain to be overheard, acoustic performance in a ceiling is always the first thing architects turn to for aiding learning. However, it’s not as simple as it may seem.

Minimising classroom din is not just about specifying ceilings with the highest levels of sound absorption because while diminishing class noise, it would – by extension – mute teachers’ voices, leading to vocal strain and fatigue for tutors, and classes being unable to hear lessons. A balance is needed between sound absorption and attenuation, between removing and reflecting sound to enable students to hear and teachers to be heard.

Light learning

Research has also shown a conclusive link between the provision of natural light and academic success – with one study2 showing that students working in classrooms with higher levels of daylight achieve 7% to 18% higher test scores. Another – Clever Classrooms3 – suggests that classroom design has a c25% impact, positive or negative, on students’ academic progress.

Flooding interiors with natural light is a way not just to improve student performance but also to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. Combining highly-white, highly-reflective mineral ceiling tiles with larger windows or floor-to-ceiling glazing is an easy solution but again, it’s key to maintain balance. Too much natural light can cause eye strain or create glare for students and staff alike, so reflectance must be balanced with diffusion.

Stimulating design

Every architect wants to create stimulating spaces for learning but there’s a wealth of complications in designing ceilings for learning environments.

For example, in classrooms accommodating children with special educational needs, the ceiling specification requires particular consideration to avoid designs that could exacerbate their conditions. Best practice, in line with UK Government standards like BB93, also includes minimising reverberation, keeping ceilings low (below 2.4m) and using Class A absorbent finishes. A balance needs to be maintained between aesthetics and practicality.

While exposed soffits may help reduce schools’ heating footprint, these carry their own problems for acoustics and aesthetics - a challenge that can be solved through the disguise of unsightly features using suspended ceilings and canopies.

Context is everything

Beyond sound, light and aesthetics, ceilings within the learning environment need to be safe and durable, compliant with legislation and meet the unique challenges of each environment.

Other vital considerations are ease of installation and maintenance. Omni-directional tiles can eliminate many installation errors for an easier fitting process and reduced need for correction. There are also myriad issues to consider in ceiling placement, from pressure drops (and ‘fluttering’ when doors open) to dust collection and access to the plenum space above the ceiling.

A world in itself

So, we’ve addressed a few of the key concerns for how the ceiling can actively aid learning but the educational institution encompasses libraries and canteens, auditoria and offices, kitchens, cloakrooms, toilets and corridors too. Architects should take a comprehensive approach to ‘zoning’ throughout a school or college, with each zone part of a wider, self-contained ecosystem. A world in itself – that can make a world of difference to future generations.

To learn more about how Armstrong Ceiling Solutions can help you create better spaces for learning, visit https://www.armstrongceilings.com/commercial/en-gb/applications/school-ceiling-tiles.html

1. Chronic Noise Exposure and Reading Deficits: The Mediating Effects of Language Acquisition. Gary W. Evans & Lorraine Maxwell, Environment and Behaviour - Volume 29, Number 5, Sep 01, 1997.
2. Daylighting Impacts on Human Performance in School. Lisa S Heschong, University of California, Santa Cruz. Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society 31 (2) Sept 2013.
3. Clever Classrooms. Professor Peter Barrett Dr Yufan Zhang, Dr Fay Davies, Dr Lucinda Barrett. (University of Salford). Feb 2015.

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