Police Motorway HQ, Midlands

Project: Police Motorway HQ, Midlands

Ceiling systems engineered by Armstrong Atelier feature on a motorway policing office.

Metal and mineral systems from Armstrong Ceilings were specified by architects the Weedon Partnership for a new Central Motorway Police Group HQ for their market-leading reputation, proven track record and comprehensive product portfolio.

Some 260m² of Armstrong’s RH 215 metal micro-perforated planks with a factory-applied acoustic fleece were used on the first floor to follow the curve of the shallow barrel vault roof, while a total of more than 600m² of Ultima dB and OP mineral tiles with a variety of edge details and acoustic properties were used on the ground floor.

The project incorporated the refurbishment of an existing garage block, with the steel-frame, rainscreen-clad build by main contractor Bullock Construction completed on deadline in 50 weeks. The Armstrong Ceilings, which feature Sound Absorption Class up to A, were installed throughout over two months by a team of four from Drewmore Interiors.

The Weedon Partnership said: “The Armstrong products were specified at design stage for tender purposes. We have used them before on many and varied schemes as they are the market leader, with a proven track record and wide portfolio of products to suit differing situations.

“They were used throughout this project other than plasterboarded areas, with the ceiling fitted at first floor, designed to complement and follow the curve of the steel roof members. The client is very pleased with the appearance and suitability of Armstrong Ceilings.”

The Central Motorway Police Group provides a fully-regionalised policing service for the motorways of the West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire force areas. It is responsible for patrolling the Midlands motorway network, stretching south from Cheshire on the M6 to the Welsh borders on the M50.