British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre
About the Project
Shortlist: RIBA Stirling Prize 2017
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery with Brocklebank 16/5 aluminium mesh ceiling. The stunning wire mesh ceiling for the 1000m2 exhibition hall perfectly complements subtle lighting while effectively concealing vents, diffusers and ducting, and providing easy access for maintenance.
The Locker Architectural installation team successfully tackled a number of challenges to complete the job within the scheduled timescale. The mesh was formed into trays and fixed into inverted aluminium angle frames minimising visibility of the supporting structure. These hinged panels lock into the sub-frame when closed and are fitted with an inertia system to check the swing of each panel as it opens. With panels in the closed position the visual effect from below is of a single, continuous expanse of mesh.
The Locker design team tailored the ceiling to fit the existing steelwork structure of the building using an aluminium sub-frame with hinged mesh panels. Anodised aluminium Brocklebank 165 wire mesh with an increased aperture (to accommodate the swirl diffuser) was used to reduce both weight and cost.
Mace, the main contractor on this project, were so impressed with the quality of workmanship that they awarded us ‘Contractor of the Month’. The customer and architect (Rogers Stirk Harbour) are both delighted with the finished product.