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Upmarketregional supermarket chain choose Armstrong’s metal and mineral ceilings forflagship store.


Metal and mineral ceiling tiles from Armstrong werespecified for a flagship supermarket for a multitude of reasons.



The dark grey Mesh Board metal tiles with AxiomProfile and grid in RAL 9007 feature in plasterboard margins in the lower salesarea of the new £4.5million Booths supermarket in Lytham St Anne’s whileUltima+, the world’s first mineral tile range certified to Cradle to Cradlestatus, was used on the first-floor back-of-house areas.


The 3,210ft2 of Armstrong ceiling systems werespecified to meet a tight timescale and to help with acoustics as well as tohelp the upmarket chain move away from more traditional ceiling designs andcomply with new brand standards and guidance.


The 37,000ft2 “Heyhouses” project on a brownfieldsite in the genteel seaside town of Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire took 20months to complete. Built traditionally, the store features oak cladding to theinternal steel frame and includes a café, butcher’s and cheese counters.


Armstrong’s 1200mm x 600mm metal Mesh tiles wereinstalled by GWN Contracts and sit as rafts within variously shapedplasterboard margins. These were all laid on the diagonal to lead customers’eyes through the 23,000ft2 main sales area to the state-of-the-art deli counterat the rear of the store.


Regular Armstrong specifiers Leach Rhodes Walker,who were the architects for the shell construction and internal fit-out,working alongside main contractor Interserve, have partnered with Boothssupermarkets to develop café concepts for their stores.


LRW architectural technician Rebecca Kenny said:“The Ultima+ product was a standard product specified by Booths. The main salesarea ceiling was in response to the new brand standards/guidance from Boothsfor a new approach to the ceilings. They wanted to move away from a lay-inceiling and introduced a more industrial feel that also met the accessrequirement for the services above.


“As well as the access requirements the Ultima+ceiling system help with the acoustic issues and the open mesh design alsohelped with the flexibility of the locations for the feature lighting.”


With regards to any special requirements orchallenges, she added: “On the fit out, the time scale was an issue to meet thedeadline to handover to Booths for their store fittings/merchandising works,also acoustics within the double-height spaces including the café, the ceilingdesign and approval to café interior design concept.”


The store opened in September 2015, creating 90 newjobs.


Rebecca added: “The client was very pleased withthe overall appearance. It meets the original brief and as the mesh panels werecombined with perimeter details, and plasterboard margins to help break up thelarge area, it created a really striking design feature.


“As Armstrong was already specified on the projectit was really just looking through what they had available to meet the brief.It was always preferred to keep all the ceilings with one manufacturer. Theceiling is one of the most successful areas on the project, it was really wellreceived. The fact that it was a proprietary product was particularly appealing.”


Armstrong area sales manager Claire Ombler said:“The finished product looks amazing and everyone is thrilled with theresult.  Graham Booth (Mr Booth himself)was said to be more than happy with the ceilings. This particular store is theflagship store for all the Booths stores hence it is great to hear that GrahamBooth is very pleased with the look.”



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