Case Study

Leaving a positive legacy at The Eden Project

We teamed up with McAlpine Joint Venture and Cole Nicholas Grimshaw to create an eye-catching yet functional ceiling for the Eden Project’s central core area that links the centre's distinctive geodesic Biomes.

Inspiring visitors while creating flawless acoustics

We were trusted by The Eden Project to provide a high-performance acoustic ceiling that would help to create a tranquil environment in the multi-functional core area, which combines restaurant facilities with a study area. With the project expected to attract more than a million national and international visitors each year, it was important that the area showcased the best of British design while using the right products in the right way to provide durability and low maintenance.

Sourcing a solution

The solution was a high-performance ceiling of British Gypsum Gyptone Line 6 boards fixed to a curved Gypframe metal framework and jointed to create a monolithic finish. The perforated line pattern of the acoustic tissue-backed boards created an eye-catching ceiling, which combined aesthetics with excellent acoustics to create just the right atmosphere for the core area.

The design was simple, yet effective, and met all of the architect's demanding performance criteria. The plasterboard-based ceiling boards provide all of the durability benefits of a gypsum board ceiling, and can be redecorated in the future, if desired, to maintain an as-new appearance.

It was important that the products used were robust, durable and low maintenance so they could stand the test of time.The project was re-visited four years after opening, when the centre had recorded more than five million visitors, and the ceiling appearance was as good as when first installed.

By collaborating with McAlpine Joint Venture and Cole Nicholas Grimshaw, we were able to deliver an innovative and durable solution with a high-quality finish that left a positive legacy at The Eden Project.

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The Eden Project
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