High specifications and Knauf Drywall systems add real quality to the walls and ceilings of a spectacular five star leisure complex in the North East. Knauf Drywall’s range of high performance plasterboards and other systems are specified for lining, partitioning and ceilings throughout Rockliffe Hall, currently being remodelled as an exclusive hotel and spa on a picturesque 18 hole golf course development on the banks of the Tees, near Darlington. High performance plasterboards Knauf Soundshield and Knauf Fireshield are used to achieve the highest acoustic and fire safety standards, with Knauf Moistureshield and Knauf Aquapanel providing appropriate solutions for moister environments or tile-backing in bathrooms, showers, changing rooms and swimming pool areas.

Rockliffe Hall, an 18th century estate at Hurworth on Tees, is now being renovated to form the core of the new hotel, with more guest rooms and apartments in adjacent newbuild structures. Also under construction are a luxury spa complex and a clubhouse for the 300 acre golf course, in a horseshoe bend of the river.

To complement the five star service and comfort standards, hotel rooms feature high specification walls and ceilings – ensuring that guests also enjoy acoustic privacy. With Shepherd Construction as Main Contractor, Middlesbrough-based Fastrack Specialist Interiors is implementing the demanding drylining and plastering specifications. Topping the list are the 215mm dense concrete block walls between bedrooms: these have to be plastered and independently lined on each side with two layers of 12.5mm Knauf Soundshield on 70mm Knauf ‘I’ Studs and 25mm Knauf Crown Partition Roll in the voids.

Knauf MF suspended ceilings are fitted to in situ concrete soffits, with a single layer of 15mm Knauf Wallboard below void areas and two layers of 15mm Knauf Soundshield under plant rooms. A range of drywall partitions for the hotel accommodation, golf clubhouse and other facilities is designed for up to 60 minutes’ fire resistance and up to 50dB sound insulation. Knauf MP75 one-coat Projection Plaster is used extensively throughout the complex, providing a solution for rendered walls that is up to three times faster than traditional two-coat, hand-applied plaster.

Fastrack Director Phil Kelly says it’s one of the highest specifications his company has ever worked with. “From an interiors viewpoint, Rockliffe Hall requires skills ranging from renovating intricately designed Victorian decorative plasterwork to installing the high specification plasterboard systems. We are using the very best products and systems for each part of the job, and we’ve been getting excellent support from the Knauf Drywall team, both at the project planning stage and during the installation.”

Knauf Drywall Project Specification Manager Mark Thorburn, says the redevelopment of Rockliffe Hall provides a showcase for modern drywall and plastering technology. “Overall, the project confirms that these versatile and cost-effective systems can play prominent roles right up to the top of the building spectrum.”

Knauf Drywall manufactures a full range of plasters, plasterboards, insulating laminates, dry flooring, drywall accessories, and metal sections for domestic, commercial and public sector applications. Knauf Drywall pioneered carbon neutral plasterboard in the UK with Knauf Futurepanel. Knauf Drywall also actively promotes recycling from building sites and has a zero waste policy in its energy efficient factories at Sittingbourne in Kent and Immingham on Humberside.

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