Customised wall panels by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions have proved a key feature in the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Hackney Town Hall, which won a 2018 RIBA Award (London Part 2).

The folded bronze anodised aluminium panels were selected by regular Armstrong specifiers Hawkins\Brown architects for the end walls of two underused interior service courtyards that have been transformed into full-height multi-functional atria as part of the redevelopment.

The bespoke wall panels were custom perforated by laser into a pattern that mimics the original walls behind, including aged brickwork, Crittall windows and drain pipes. They serve to conceal new ducts linked to the smoke ventilation system and feature an acoustic fleece behind the panels to absorb sound.

Some 110m2of the 1.5mm WH-1000 2m x 1m panels were installed by specialist Omega subcontractor and FIS member Roskel Contracts onto a lightweight steel framing system on the walls at the eastern ends of the north and south atria, complemented by anodised trough boxes containing continuous strips of LED lights.