Maxi Beam achieves new heights at London's Shard

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27 March 2017
The complex Supaslat Maxi Beam ceiling features reflect the dramatic shape and angles of The Shard’s exterior.

When boutique digital marketing agency Jellyfish, took possession of its office on floor 22 of The Shard in central London, the designer's brief was to develop a space that reflects the dynamic and innovative Jellyfish brand.

The design concept included the use of chunky looking timber beam features on some of the ceilings, but this posed both logistical and structural limitations in the high-rise city location. The designers looked to Supawood UK who recommended Supaslat Maxi Beam as this flexible lightweight beam product is ideal for installation in difficult site situations.

The Shard, the tallest building in the UK at 309.7 metres high, is now one of London’s iconic landmarks and most prestigious addresses. The designers therefore aimed at creating stunning ceiling features, which would reflect the dramatic shape and angles of The Shard’s exterior. This design included individually shaped beams above the reception, and intersecting beams above the bar.

Supawood UK worked with the client’s installation team and provided full technical support and drawings to ensure that the complex design and layout of beams went smoothly. The intersecting beams above the bar had to be installed in a specific order to ensure the correct result, so individually sized Maxi Beams were produced to enable this.

In this project, because they are so lightweight, using Supaslat Maxi Beam removed the need for extensive ceiling support work. They are also easy to cut and joined on-site and very clean to work with compared to solid timber. This meant delivery and installation to the 22nd floor of a very busy city location was relatively simple. Supplied with a Supalami Light Oak durable and impact resistant laminated finish, the colour is consistent without variation in the grain, VOC emission is zero and the beams will be easy to maintain.

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