Mansell Finishes has won Drywall Construction Commercial Silver at the FIS Construction Awards 2018 held on 5th June at The Dorchester Hotel in London for their outstanding installation works at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
A landmark development for Birmingham City University costing £57m, the new building has five new performance spaces including a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat recital hall and a 100-seat organ studio.
Mansell’s works included the installation of 5,000m2 of Metsec SFS infill, 25,000m2 of drylining, 31,000m2 of plastering and almost 6,000m2 of ceilings including plasterboard, metal and mineral fibre suspended ceilings plus feature timber ceilings in the foyer.
Multiple high decibel levels of acoustic separation and sound insulation were required to all areas so Mansell worked closely with the architect, Main Contractor and acousticians to achieve the acoustic requirements.
In more detail, SFS, partitions and suspended ceilings were installed to the new music conservatoire set over six levels including teaching rooms, offices, communal areas and live rooms. Feature acoustic ceilings were installed to the performance areas and over 10 different wall types were installed ranging from single layer partitions to twin frame systems with multiple layers of plasterboard and ply lining to live rooms. Suspended ceilings ranged from single layer MF, to ceilings consisting of two MF frames and five layers of plasterboard for live rooms. A Hunter Douglas feature timber ceiling was installed to the foyer area at a high level.
Commenting on the award win, Mike Foy, Commercial Director at Mansell says: “We are delighted that our works on such a prestigious project have been recognised by the FIS. It was a tremendous team effort by all involved and the award is acknowledgement of all the expertise that we brought to the project. We’re extremely proud of the role we played in bringing the development to life as Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a superb facility, a landmark building and is playing a vital role in nurturing some outstanding musicians, actors and performers.”