Broadgate Tower, London

Gloss red SAS International metal ceilings feature heavily throughout the flagship Reed Smith offices in Broadgate Tower, London.

Key features

Sector

Commercial

Client

Reed Smith LLP

Architect

Gensler

Main contractor

Bovis Lend Lease

Sub-contractor

Integra Contracts Ltd

Completion year

2009

System type

SAS120, SAS130, SAS150

Area M2

14,474

Region

United Kingdom

Product Groups

The flagship Reed Smith offices in Broadgate Tower, London, feature bespoke ceiling systems finished in three different shades of red by SAS International.

The ceiling systems were specified by architects Gensler, who were brought in by Reed Smith to design and fit out 15,400 square meters of space over thirteen of the skyscraper’s thirty-five floors. Two floors are fully equipped with client-facing space, one holds the restaurant and a social hub for employees, seven floors accommodate the lawyers and their assistants and three house support services, IT and human resources.

SAS International’s SAS120 and SAS150 metal ceilings with concealed suspension grid, and SAS130 with exposed suspension grid were specified by Gensler in three shades of gloss red, in keeping with the company corporate branding.

Matthew Kobylar, Project Designer at Gensler, comments “SAS International met the challenge of mixing the specified powder coating colours to fit the exact design requirements of the brief and also create bespoke sized ceiling modules to accommodate our design. SAS were very helpful in developing their system to fit our needs and provided good quality, delivery and service. The ceiling system combines excellent durability with design flexibility and a stylish finish.”

SAS ceiling tiles can be specified in over 200 RAL colours, as well as textured paint, natural metal and wood effect finishes. Meeting demanding project life cycle specifications, SAS’s metal products are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 years. At the end of their life these products hold a residual value and can be recycled, ensuring products do not end up in costly and unsustainable landfill sites.

For more demanding environments a 30 or 40 year paint guarantee is available on the full range of SAS products. Before a guarantee is underwritten, each batch of finished products are subject to a series of eight tests, including adhesion, gloss level, pressure and impact.

SAS International is one of five UK in­house approved applicators of Interpon D architectural powder coatings. This quality assured paint provides a thick layer of durable covering to a metal surface, and is often specified by architects as a preferred choice.

The new headquarters of Reed Smith LLP, Broadgate Tower, provides a home for the firm’s 650 staff. The main goals of the new office were to create a space which fosters relationships, provides a bright and uplifting environment for staff, ensures the ability to adapt with changes to the business, and also enables strong sustainability performance.

Gensler was able to achieve a LEED-CI silver certification for the sustainable measures undertaken in the design and fit-out.

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