British Gypsum’s 12.5mm Gyproc Habito was specified and installed on the internal walls of the apartments, which were constructed with Gypframe 70 AS 50 studs. Gyproc Habito plasterboard features a high strength engineered core - five times stronger than standard plasterboard, which provides enhanced levels of strength and durability. It enables end users to fix heavy and difficult items into place without any need for drills or specialist fixings; they can be simply screwed into the wall surface.
Additionally, it can also withstand substantial amounts of wear and tear and impact damage - significantly more than standard plasterboard, making Gyproc Habito ideal for high traffic areas.
Thistle Hardwall was also used as it is a quick drying plaster that offers a high impact resistance, protecting against scuffs and knocks.
David Simms, Balfour Beatty: "At the beginning of the project, we had already specified the plasterboard we were going to use within the apartments. However, we continued to hold various meetings to discuss value engineering options and during this time we were introduced to Gyproc Habito. Due to the plasterboard being able to support a weight of up to 15kg with a single No.10 woodscrew, it meant that we could fix heavy objects like bathroom and kitchen units straight onto it. Ordinarily, we would have to install patressing behind, but this method meant we didn’t have to double up on boards or require plywood – reducing additional material and time costs. Gyproc Habito turned out to be a cost effective solution overall."