Clark & Fenn Skanska’s cool ceiling at Paddington Basin

Press release 14/08/2003 00:00 CET

Ceiling specialist Clark & Fenn Skanska has carried out the turnkey design, procurement and installation of 20,000 square metres of suspended ceilings at The Point, one of the office buildings at the new Paddington Basin development in London.

The ceilings include the latest air conditioning technology involving special chilling units fitted within the ceiling panels to convert rising warm air into cooler air and redirect it by convection into the office environment. Chilled beams supplement the performance of this system and metal tiles with integral lighting enhanced the ceiling’s appearance.

Clark & Fenn Skanska’s in-house design team used CAD software to design the ceiling with the cooling system and worked closely with project architect Terry Farrell to ensure the ceiling dimensions fitted precisely with the building.

Components procured by the company included ceiling tiles, copper tubes for the chilled air, hoses to connect the tubes and a specially perforated metal blind box to help re-direct the cool air. Installing the ceiling took nine months to complete.

The developer is Chelsfield and main contractor is Bovis Lend Lease.