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Zentia remains a foremost name in the building industry, known and trusted for reliable quality & technological innovations. Zentia offers a peerless portfolio of mineral ceiling tiles including:
- Prelude 24mm range
- Prelude 15mm range
- Prelude 35
- Clean Room 24
- Designer Grid
- Axiom Canopies
- Axiom Solutions
- Seismic Rx
- System Z Corridor
- Perimeter Trims
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 30-year system warranty also gives peace of mind.
Zentia can provide product specifications for a complete range of acoustic solutions (Intelligibility, Concentration and Confidentiality).
We also have a number of useful acoustic tools, 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.
Zentia sustainable innovations include the following recycling schemes:
- Off Cut Recycling Scheme (OCR) - Off-cut ceiling tiles from new ceiling installations can be stored on site in specially supplied bags and collected by Zentia to be recycled into new ceiling tiles. Diverting large amounts of waste form landfill every year
- New Ceilings - All Zentia Mineral Ceilings can contain up to 82% recycled material
Zentia was the first European mineral tile manufacturer to win Cradle to Cradle® certification for ceiling systems that comprise high recycled content. It also helped pioneer ceiling recycling worldwide.
Kawneer curtain walling holds a unique key to a gateway building
Fritted glazing is the star at Manchester’s Citylabs 2.0.
Two types of curtain walling by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer met a quartet of criteria for a new building at the gateway to Europe’s largest clinical-academic campus.
Kawneer’s AA®110 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) and AA®100 capped aluminium curtain walling almost completely wraps the new £25 million Citylabs 2.0 development within the Oxford Road Corridor innovation district in Manchester.
Citylabs 2.0 is part of a £95 million expansion to the Citylabs campus which is located at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s (MFT) Oxford Road hub and is a partnership between MFT and the UK’s leading property provider to the science and tech sector, Bruntwood SciTech.
The project builds on the success of Citylabs 1.0 which opened in 2014 and is fully-let, and Citylabs 2.0 will provide world-class lab and office space for global diagnostics company QIAGEN who have 100% pre-let the building for their Global Centre of Excellence for Precision Medicine.
Kawneer’s AA®110 SSG curtain walling with flush silicone sightlines has been used throughout, while the AA®100 version with 50mm sightlines features on the ground floor entrance of the 8,500m2 state-of-the-art building designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers, architects Sheppard Robson.
The practice conceived Citylabs 2.0 as a block of accommodation with one elevational treatment, with recessed areas carved out of the main block clad in alternative materials. To realise this concept, the main body was formed in the Kawneer AA®110 flush cap-less curtain walling, with a digitally printed design to the glazing.
The concrete frame of the building provides clear open floor plates to support different work typologies while the post-pensioned floor slabs provide clear, uninterrupted soffits for ease of services distribution.
The recesses at level 5 and the plant room are clad in ribbed fibre cement panels, the recess on the Hathersage Road elevation is clad in louvres, and the recess to the main entrance is the Kawneer full-height AA®100 curtain walling with accentuated vertical caps. The set back edges, and entrance canopy soffit, are clad in a bright coloured red anodized metal panel.
Sheppard Robson associate Mary-Ann Crompton said: “The sub-contractor chose Kawneer as the best product to realise the design intent and it achieved the required performance specification in terms of aesthetics, thermal, acoustic and movement requirements.”
The AA®110 SSG curtain walling, with its wider 65mm back box, is typically specified to minimise building movement and at Citylabs 2.0 was complemented by the fritted glazing and spandrel panels.
“The existing adjacent buildings are Grade 2 listed and the cutbacks to Citylabs 2.0 have been organised to respond to the location and scale of them. The etched design to the glazing refers to details within the retained chapel which is to be refurbished as part of further future developments for Citylabs 3.0,” said Mary-Ann.
She added: “The glazed elements of the curtain walling form the major component of the elevational design and has helped to fulfil the aesthetic aspirations for the project. In addition, aluminium is totally recyclable and is therefore a good material to use. This characteristic helps towards achieving a sustainable design.”
The Kawneer systems were installed for main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine over six months by teams of up to eight people from Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor and dealer Bennett Architectural Aluminium Solutions.
Director Rob Bennett said: “The project was fully enclosed in Kawneer curtain wall. It was a large project for us and had to be installed within 25 weeks. The AA®110 curtain walling allowed increased building movement capability.
“The glass on it was quite unique. We worked with the architect and designed a frit pattern that was used as part of solar control. It has a very unique whirl and is quite striking.”
Mary-Ann said: “We have used Kawneer on many of our projects over the years and have found that the technical and sales departments are very helpful with providing information at the early stages of design.”
Businesses which locate to Citylabs have direct access to MFT’s specialist clinical resources and expertise from researchers, clinicians and procurement teams as well as Bruntwood SciTech’s specialist growth support and events programme, including access to funding, talent, new markets and academic connections.
Zentia appoints a new MD
Zentia, formerly Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dirk Jaspers as Managing Director.
Previously Director of Strategy, Dirk will retain that responsibility in addition to his position at the head of the business.
Dirk has a track record of leading businesses and their management teams to strategic realignment, long-term growth and professional operations, as demonstrated in the multiple executive and board positions he has held in the building materials industry in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He also served as an independent consultant and as a Principal with McKinsey, where he led the German building materials practice.
Dirk said: “It will be a great honour and an exciting challenge to serve Zentia as MD. This is a hugely energizing opportunity. Alongside my peers in the senior management team and alongside all Zentia employees, I will strive to make a positive difference for our customers, for our business, for each one of our employees.”
Dirk succeeds Christophe Lloret Linares who led Zentia as CEO since the carve-out from Knauf International GmbH in 2019 and now leaves Zentia to pursue new interests.
Under Christophe’s leadership the company rebranded as Zentia, underpinning its ambition as an independent industry leader. Zentia started a multi-year investment programme enabling it to make, in-house, all relevant tiles and grid products. The Covid crisis was also managed successfully. Going forward, Zentia will have an even stronger focus in its core market of the UK and aspires to further extend its domestic competitive position.
Christophe said: “It was an exciting and rewarding journey with Zentia. This is a good time to make room for someone else to take the lead in the next phase of Zentia’s strategic development. Let me say thank you to our employees, customers and business partners for their loyalty throughout our transformation. Zentia is well positioned for the upcoming challenges. I wish the company, the management team and its employees well.”
Kay Michel, operating partner at Zentia’s owners, Aurelius, said: “Christophe was a key player managing the carve out phase. We say thank you for his service and leadership and we wish him well for his future endeavours. We are delighted to now entrust Dirk with the leadership of Zentia. He comes with the commitment, the skills and the mindset to make Zentia successful on its journey to further strengthened industry leadership, resilience against economic forces and sustained profitability.”