GRG ceiling tiles for Battersea Power Station
Posted on 26th October 2022
Battersea Power Station has been undergoing a £9 billion redevelopment over the last decade, turning the Grade II listed monument into a mixed-use facility containing residential, office, retail and leisure spaces. The recently completed shopping centre is now open to the public and occupies the power station’s two restored Turbine Halls.
We were approached by sub-contractor Integra to manufacture the suspended ceiling components for Turbine Hall B. This required approximately 1,100 GRG ceiling tiles to be made, some to accommodate recessed lighting, others with a curved radius to meet the supporting walls. Manufacturing took place on a supply-only basis in our Greater London workshops using Glass Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) to create the various ceiling sections from CAD designed moulds.
GRG is specified across the industry by architects requiring a solution to creating seamless curves and unique design details for internal walls and ceilings. It is a lightweight material, strong and flame retardant (Class 0 fire rated) that can be moulded to suit any design theme or conceal building structures and services beneath.
Much of the famous Battersea Power Station architecture has been completely restored. The four iconic white chimneys towering over the river Thames have been dismantled and rebuilt. The power station’s distinctive brickwork has, where necessary, been carefully recreated. Two firms that made bricks for the original buildings were called on to supply 1.75 million matching replacements.
Turbine Hall B dates back to the 1950’s and was an empty shell when the project began – as can be seen in images in this BBC News article. It is almost unrecognizable now redeveloped, with the exception, perhaps, of the arched ceiling – arguably the most recognizable feature of this space, now with GRG ceiling tiles in place!
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