Cembrit HD (heavy duty) board has recently been installed in the newly redeveloped East Stand at Twickenham, the home of England Rugby. Described as ‘resilient, hard wearing and with an impressive fire rating’, HD is said to be an ideal multi-use board for high traffic areas in sports stadia such as Twickenham, which on match days sees 82,000 fans descend on the stadium.
KSS was the lead designer and architect on the project and worked with Wildfire London on the interior design concept and delivery. The expanded East Stand offers six floors of stylish event space, including eight brand new facilities delivering a bespoke hospitality experience for fans. The British Airways Rose Garden is the new roof terrace on Level 5 and has been designed for a fun and immersive experience. Popular due to its ‘outdoors feel’ which includes a built-in pizza oven and rotisserie, the venue sees a lots of foot traffic on match days.
Supplied by the Hayes branch of Minster, the fast-growing specialist insulation and dry lining distributor, the Cembrit HD board is installed in the Rose Garden itself, in the wings of the facility, as well as on the walls of the adjacent L5 concourse where impact-resistance was important as crowds are moving in confined spaces. A lot of the wall finishes in the Rose Garden are also fixed through the Cembrit boards, including the brick slips behind the rotisserie section. Cembrit was delighted to be involved in the project and chosen by KSS, and Kenji Ikegaya, an architect at the practice, commented: “Cembrit’s robust and weather-resistant HD boards provided us with flexibility and multi-purpose utility in meeting the complex project requirements. Their technical advisors were also helpful and informative in pursuing the goals of the project.”
Cembrit HD (Heavy Duty) is a Class A2-s2, d0 fire-rated high-density building board comprising cement, cellulose and mineral fillers. It is said to be ideal for ‘sealing’ buildings under construction as it is impact-resistant and can be left exposed without additional treatment. HD is also said to be extremely versatile and can be used as partitioning and is popular in offsite and SIPS construction as well as internal applications.