Project Description

Metal ceiling systems from Armstrong form part of the £65m redevelopment of New Scotland Yard in London


Tim Soar

Custom metal ceiling systems from Armstrong World Industries have brought form and function to the award-winning redevelopment of New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London. Specified by project architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Armstrong’s metal F-H 600 hook-on tiles and swing-down rectangular planks with concealed G-Profile grid and acoustic fleece, and metal T-Clip F tiles with Spring-T grid, met the demands of constrained floor-to-ceiling heights.


Specified for the circulation and public spaces, Armstrong’s  custom perforated metal systems provide Class A sound absorption

The company’s custom micro-perforated metal systems, which provide Class A sound absorption,  were used in the circulation spaces, corridors, lift lobbies, multi-use and press rooms. Acoustic absorption and lighting integration were key design considerations for the latter areas.


Armstrong’s F-H 600 Swing tiles were specified for reasons of form and function

“The existing building had compromised and varying ceiling heights with complex service requirements’, explains architect Steven McCloy. “The tile lengths were manufactured to suit these constraints. The ceilings are generally acoustic plasterboard, apart from the doughnut of service runs on each floor, which are made from the Armstrong demountable metal ceiling planks. These have an aesthetic and practical application, allowing the integration of light fittings and so on. They can also be demounted for access or change in the future. The Armstrong systems were detailed to have minimal interfaces with other surfaces, thereby avoiding trimming or cutting.”