The interior and exterior finishing of buildings typically demands a combination of practicality, durability and aesthetics. In the latest chapter of the ‘Rediscovering Pendock’ series, lining and enclosure specialist Pendock explores its multifaceted Linea range.
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The Pendock Linea name was first used more than 20 years ago, when the company began the process of branding its products to differentiate them from each other following the introduction its new washroom range. Initially, the Linea identity was applied to just a single product, perimeter casings, which were widely specified to conceal HVAC systems, electrical and other interior building services located the peripheries of commercial, educational and healthcare buildings.
Since then, like most of Pendock’s product ranges, Linea has expanded where it now includes a total of nine separate building lining and architectural finishing products. Each is dedicated to providing practical and aesthetic solutions to specific applications, while retaining a high degree of versatility. Much of their versatility stems from the fact that every Linea product is bespoke manufactured to the individual dimensions and specifications of individual projects.
So, what products and solutions are covered in the current Linea line-up? “In addition to perimeter casings, the range incorporates wall linings, ceiling rafts, lift reveals and soffit linings, as well as bulkheads, rooflight linings, parapet capping and pilasters,” explains Pendock’s Technical Project Manager, Gavin Byram. “This is clearly a significant extension of the range compared to the original single offering, but each product in our current range has been added to meet requests or specifications from architects and specifiers.
In some situations, architects were already familiar with other products in our range and wanted a similarly high quality engineered solution, while other specifiers sought to simplify the contract and place it with a single supplier that could manufacture, deliver and install as part of a package.”
Used for both interior and exterior applications requiring decorative or protective solutions, they are particularly effective in areas of high pedestrian traffic, such as airports, public transport, retail and commercial buildings to resist scuffing and damage to internal walls.
Stainless steel and aluminium are commonly specified materials, although they can also be manufactured from a wide choice of materials, including plywood, MDF or compact laminate, as well as textured metallics, and a range of finishes from specialists, including Rimex, Trespa and Formica. Clearly, the material specification is dependent on the individual application and its external or internal location.
As all wall lining projects are bespoke manufactured, unique designs, shapes, sizes and curved forms can be specified and special requirements can be incorporated, such as acoustic performance, perforations, backlighting, and specialised illumination.
Pendock ceiling rafts, islands and linings are already used within retail and commercial environments, as well as performance venues and other large spaces to provide a decorative suspended solution.
Circular, elliptical, square and other bespoke ceiling raft designs can be specified and manufactured from plywood, glass-reinforced gypsum (GRG) or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), as well as acoustically lined perforated aluminium and stainless steel, which helps enhance acoustic performance by damping reverberations or problem frequencies.
Integral lighting can also be incorporated within the ceiling raft design, which should be considered when specifying, as it may affect the choice of material. Plywood and GRP are manufactured in thicknesses of 12mm and 4mm respectively, while options of 12mm and 15 mm are available on GRG.
Material options of aluminium, stainless steel, compact laminate and ply/MDF are included in the range of head and side reveals. Aluminium and stainless steel can be specified in standard thicknesses of 2mm and 1mm respectively, although bespoke thicknesses are also offered along with a range of finishes, such as brushed, polished and textured.
A wide range of laminate finishes from several leading manufacturers, including Polyrey, Abet, and Formica, can be specified on the compact laminate reveals, which combine high durability with versatility to integrate with building colour schemes.
High pressure laminate (HPL) finishes are one of the options within the ply/MDF range, which also includes real wood veneers and a paint-grade substrate for onsite finishing. Across all the ranges, bespoke finishes can be specified together with additional options, such as the inclusion of call button apertures, indicator signage and dry riser openings.
Pendock Linea soffit linings provide a versatile and high-quality finish for exterior applications where durability, practicality and aesthetics are key project criteria.
Manufactured from aluminium for its low weight and inherent weather-resistant properties, Linea soffit linings can be specified with PPC finishes and are available in three standard widths, as well as bespoke options, which interlock to create a uniform and attractive result.
A range of dedicated accessories is also incorporated within the range, which includes starter profiles and internal & external corners, as well as flashing and trims to complement the panels.
Rooflight linings and atrium beam casings
Manufactured from PPC aluminium and moulded GRP for interior and exterior applications, as well as moulded GRG for interior projects only, the range incorporates decorative casings for external upstands, as well as interior rooflight lining and finishing solutions.
As GRP and GRG rooflight linings and casings are bespoke manufactured from moulds, they provide a high level of fit and finish and in the case of GRP casings, can help enhance weather resistance. They can be specified in a range of sizes to meet individual project requirements.
Beam casings usually incorporate a PPC finish and are manufactured from aluminium in a range of bespoke forms to suit specific project requirements such as ellipses and semi-circles to shallow curves, parabolic or rectangular shapes. Used primarily to conceal structural roof beams and glazing bars, beam casings are typically designed to be as unobtrusive as possible so that they blend seamlessly with the atrium and building interior.
Manufactured from 2mm thick sheet aluminium and incorporating a PPC finish, the parapet and wall capping product range incorporates flat, pitched and sloping cappings, which can be face-fixed or use concealed fixings.
All Linea cappings are produced to the specifications and dimensions of each individual project to ensure tolerances are maintained, installation is straight forward, and the finished result is to a high standard. A wide range of capping styles, designs and forms are available within the system and be specified in lengths of up to 4,000mm in a single piece. They are jointed with internal lining collars between capping profiles and a range of dedicated accessories can also be specified, which include internal and external corners, T-sections, peak angle and stop ends.
Bulkheads and fascias
As most bulkheads are installed at high level, durability tends to be less of a consideration, but they must be fit-for-purpose for the application. Bulkhead linings can be bonded or mechanically-fixed to a timber subframe depending on their size and weight.
GRP and metal bulkheads can be specified for interior and exterior use, while GRG and ply/MDF core options are for interior use only. Moulded bulkheads accommodating curved forms tend to be made from GRG or GRP for reasons of weight and ease of creating a seamless integrated finish. GRP units are supplied with a smooth gel-coat finish, while GRG is site painted.
Metal bulkheads, like the other options, are bespoke manufactured and can be specified in a range of PPC finishes, as well as brushed, polished or textured options. Specifiers should be aware that moulded items will extend lead times by up-to four weeks, due to the additional design and manufacturing processes involved.
Linea pilaster linings are almost exclusively used in shopping malls to conceal steelwork and roller shutter guides between individual shops, giving a uniform look and finish. GRG and laminated plywood are commonly specified material choices with the former providing additional fire safety and material compatibility with other drylined elements.
Radiused corners and semi-circular forms can further improve safety by removing sharp edges. Stainless steel kickplates can be specified for added durability, while specifiers can choose to make pilasters blend-in or contrast with their surroundings through colour and material choices, including wood grain laminates and metal effects for plywood pilasters.
The pilaster casings can also be designed to accommodate additional services, such as mains sockets, fire alarms and CCTV, which can be surface mounted.
Perimeter casings are designed to conceal building services along interior walls and below windows in long continuous runs or within bays between columns. They are generally manufactured from pre-formed plywood with a hard-wearing laminate finish and incorporate pre-cut convection grilles in the top and front face when used in HVAC concealment applications.
Suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects, their design helps maximise office space while enabling them to incorporate electrical, cable and voice cable management. The system also incorporates Pendock’s proprietary metal mounting framework, which was developed specifically for use with this casing range, which provides a secure, reliable and robust structure onto which the casing panels and be easily fitted.
“The very nature of the applications where our Linea products are used, demands that they are bespoke manufactured,” commented Byram. “We take great care in ensuring that site surveys are carried out by our own team, so that an accurate picture of the real conditions and sizes on site are fed into to our design and production processes.
This not only enables us to manufacture the linings to precise dimensions, but also helps smooth the installation process, which in most cases, we carry out as part of our installation service. By having input and control from the initial information gathering through to production and final installation, it allows us to provide an integrated and reliable solution.”
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