Armstrong Ceiling Systems customised their acoustic ceiling systems for a project at the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research in Westmead, NSW.

Designed by BVN Architects, the new Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research is a nine-storey 17,500m² complex that brings together clinicians, scientists and postgraduate students, with the aim of accelerating research into Australia’s major health problems and translating its outcomes into new diagnostics, preventions, therapies and cures. The selection of the acoustic ceiling systems was integral to the design.

Armstrong's METALWORKS R-H215 hook-on ceiling system was selected for the entry foyer and main office areas as it addressed multiple design requirements such as alignment with the building façade; acoustic absorption rating of NRC 0.80; contemporary, flush, monolithic visual with no exposed grid; and integration of mechanical services including custom light fixtures and air registers.

Armstrong designed and developed a custom aluminium extrusion to support the Limelight ‘Linear-100’ light fixtures. The R-H215 system is extremely robust and versatile. Simple modifications to the standard H-Bar carrier rail allowed the air diffusers to sit flush with the face of the METALWORKS R-H215 ceiling panels. Custom service panels were also produced to complete the ceiling.

Since the laboratories at the Westmead Institute needed to satisfy the stringent requirements of PC2 (Physical Containment) Certification, Armstrong Bioguard acoustic ceilings were selected to comply with the Hygiene and Clean Room criteria, while delivering high acoustical absorption performance (NRC 0.70).

Armstrong was chosen by BVN Architects for their ability to provide the best integrated design solutions as well as work with associated contractors and on-site personnel.