Heradesign ceiling rafts were installed at Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) new Premier Lounge at London Heathrow Airport. The lounge offers an exceptional level of comfort and privacy so business and first class passengers can relax in sophisticated surroundings. Architects Bramble Design Limited (BDL) were appointed to design the interior using SIA’s corporate style and ensure that all materials selected complied with Heathrow’s stringent requirements.
Les Martin Director at BDL explains why Heradesign was particular suited for the project:
“We wanted to achieve a floating raft ceiling that had an integral acoustic ability yet provided a visual effect that satisfied SIA and could overcome the installation restrictions. One additional thing to consider was that each raft had to float within the drop bulkheads at differing levels which was a further challenge.
“Heradesign provided the best option for the ceiling panels because they closely match the grain and texture of the original SIA concept.”
Heradesign is an attractive ceiling panel that can adapt to any architectural design. Manufactured from wood-wool, it has a natural woven finish – available in five different face patterns, a wide range of sizes and edge details, and can be specified in almost any colour. Samples were approved by SIA who felt Heradesign fitted their exacting standards perfectly. Heradesign panels are lightweight, making them easy to cut and install. They are a versatile solution for any interior because they can be fitted as a suspended ceiling, hung as rafts or fins, or directly onto walls or ceilings.
Kunal Vekaria at HLS Installation fitted the ceiling rafts explains how Heradesign helped overcome the technically challenging restrictions:
“Knauf AMF worked with us to ensure the fixings would hold and advised on how to ensure the panels would sit flush. We have worked with Knauf AMF before and were confident we’d get a good result.”
Acoustic control was of paramount importance to help realise the airline’s ambition to provide quality service and style for its passengers. Heradesign offers the highest level of sound absorption (Class A) which effectively reduces the impact of intrusive background noise so passengers can wait for their flight in a calm, serene environment.
Heradesign panels are sustainable. The wood-wool is sourced from sustainable forests which are FSC and PEFC certified. The panels come with a 15 year guarantee and can last for more than 80 years. When the time comes, they can be recycled or disposed of without any detrimental impact on the environment.
If your project has unusual or demanding installation requirements, the specification team at Knauf AMF are happy to offer advice and guidance on how to fit a ceiling which will satisfy the design and performance requirements.