Cost-effective Optima L canopy range is launched by Armstrong Ceilings

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Armstrong Ceilings has enhanced its canopies portfolio with a competitive design range.

 In line with the trend for exposed soffits, a designer canopy system that combines excellent acoustics and light reflectance with cost-effectiveness has been launched by leading interior solutions provider Armstrong Ceilings.

The Optima L Canopy range has also been enhanced with the addition of two circular options (800mm and 1200mm) to complement one square (1200mm x 1200mm) and a small (900mm x 1800mm) and a large (2400mm x 1200mm) rectangular option.

Exceptionally easy and quick to install through “spiral anchors” under plasterboard ceilings, existing grid systems or exposed concrete soffits in either new spaces or existing areas, the 40mm thick mineral panel is white on all six surfaces for continuity of visual.

And because sound is absorbed from both its front and back surfaces, the Optima L Canopy gives greater sound absorption than a continuous ceiling of the same visible surface area, providing between 1.00 and 5.75 sabines of sound absorption per piece, calculated as an average of 500-4000 Hz (EN ISO 354:2003), depending on its size.

Manufactured from 80% recycled content and with 87% light reflectance to minimise reliance on artificial light, the panels are also fire resistant to Euroclass B-s1, d0 and resistant to 90% relative humidity.

This level of performance, combined with their aesthetics, makes them ideal for new-build and refurbishment applications in the commercial, retail, leisure, education and healthcare sectors.

Armstrong Ceilings heads up our bright green city

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 Armstrong displays its bright green building solutions through a new interactive knowledge port.

 An interactive knowledge port that gives architects and interior designers all the help they need to specify a green building, all in one place, has been launched by Armstrong Ceilings.

“Our bright green city” knowledge port is designed to complement Armstrong’s website and environmental brochure but in an even more dynamic and visually stunning medium.

Animated videos and digital brochures visually demonstrate how specifiers can achieve energy savings, simplify waste management, reduce environmental impact and enhance indoor environment through Armstrong Ceilings‘ products and solutions, and back these up with case studies.

Energy savings can be achieved through Armstrong’s CoolZone system which incorporates phase change material into the company’s metal tiles to store and release thermal energy and save on air conditioning. Ceilings with high light reflectance that are capable of energy savings of up to 20% and island ceilings for thermal mass construction are also identified as ways in which energy can be saved.

Simplifying waste management is achieved through the use of Armstrong’
s two post-consumer recycling schemes – one for off-cuts as new tiles are installed on site and one for tiles at the end of their life. Both schemes recycle the tiles back into the mix at Armstrong’s production facility in Gateshead.

Reducing environmental impact is gained through explaining the environmental benefits of Armstrong’s mineral, metal and wood ceiling tiles and grid systems.

And enhancing the indoor environment is attained through explaining which tiles are appropriate for acoustic and visual comfort and indoor air quality to clean room standards.

Five European case studies show how projects ranging from offices through hospitals to showrooms and university cafes benefit from this one-stop approach to specifying green ceiling solutions.

A recognised pioneer in green practices, Armstrong’s sustainability programme meets BREEAM criteria on multiple levels (the company is the only UK manufacturer with a BRE Ecopoint profile, currently scored at 0.10) as well as Ska’s good practice ratings.

Armstrong’s  interactive bright green presentation can be booked through the technical support team on


Armstrong Ceilings gets tactile with textiles

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A range of fabric canopies has been launched by Armstrong Ceilings.

Leading interior solutions provider Armstrong Ceilings has taken architectural creativity to new heights with the launch of a range of stunning fabric canopies.

Lightweight and versatile, the range comprises four frameless (Y) shapes, where the canopy membrane is tensioned by clear tensile cables from elected points on the soffit or walls, and a three-dimensional diamond which is braced (X) on a light metal frame which can be suspended in a number of different ways.

The highly elastic translucent fabric is available in seven standard colours, allowing architects and interior designers to play unconventionally with sleek and sculptural, sail-like forms and natural and artificial lighting effects in new-build and refurbishment projects alike.

The frameless range comprises triangular, square, rectangular and pentagonal shapes in up to three sizes and the braced canopy in four sizes. The bracing frame is made of curved and convex stainless steel tubes suspended by a central hanging point. Two bracing points along each of the tubes can also be used as alternative hanging points or to avoid possible rotation due to air movement in the room.


Designed especially for areas requiring particular creativity, such as atriums, public spaces and transportation hubs as well as for commercial, retail, education and healthcare projects, the fabric canopies can be quickly and easily installed and demounted for access and maintenance. This ease of installation also makes it ideal for temporary use such as exhibition facilities and peripatetic retail outlets.

The fabric can also be washed and is ventile, preventing condensation or moisture build-up in normal interior environments. It is also resistant to fire (Euroclass B-s1, d0) and relative humidity (<70%).





Armstrong Ceilings gets warmer and warmer with wood

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A stunning range of tiles that brings the warm and natural beauty of wood to the ceilings of building interiors without loss of acoustic performance is top of Armstrong Ceilings’ Atelier offer.

The company has selected the finest quality wood finish, which complies with all fire requirements (Euroclass B-s2, d0) without comprising acoustic performance (sound absorption up to Class C) or environmental considerations (FSC-certified), to offer a luxurious, modern interior finish to new-build and refurbishment projects alike.

Armstrong’s wood range is available in tiles and planks and in laminate, for a durable and more affordable option, or veneer, where real wood gives a particularly prestigious, high-class solution. Both options are coated with a clear UV-enhanced and solvent-free lacquer that protects them from ageing and sunlight.

Both the tiles and planks are compatible with Armstrong’s renowned exposed grid system, to enable ease of installation as well as safe and secure accessibility to the plenum for electrical and HVAC maintenance.

The range is also available as a concealed system using hook-on panels on a standard grid for specifiers to achieve multiple layout combinations with standard products. Panel sizes up to 2.4m long can be mixed and matched as a continuous or cloud ceiling on the same project to help create a distinctive visual.

And in addition to the concealed option, there is a configurable option which offers specifiers customised designs using an extended range of up to 34 veneers including Alder Wood, Bamboo, Douglas Fir, Olive Ash and US Maple.  The standard matt finish veneers are available in Ash, Oak, Red Oak, US Cherry and US Walnut options while the laminates come in Curly Maple, Pear and Canadian Maple.

For improved acoustic performance, several perforation options in circular or grooved holes, backed by an acoustic fleece, are available for the veneered range that achieves up to 0.65 αW.