Flexible Lightweight MAXI BEAM Overcomes Logistics to Defines Areas in Highrise Office Fitout

Flexible Lightweight MAXI BEAM Overcomes Logistics to Defines Areas in Highrise Office Fitout

Jellyfish, The Shard, London UK

Posted By: Colin Beattie | CEO   6th, April 2018

Maxi Beam achieves new heights at The Shard, London.

When Jellyfish, the world’s biggest boutique digital marketing agency, took possession of their office on Floor 22 of The Shard in central London, the brief to the designers was to develop a space that reflects their dynamic and innovative brand.

The design concept included the use of chunky looking timber beam features on some of the ceilings but this posed both logistical and structural limitations in the high-rise city location. The designers looked to SUPAWOOD UK for a suitable lightweight beam solution.

SUPAWOOD UK recommended MAXI BEAM as this flexible lightweight beam product is ideal for installation in difficult site situations.



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The Shard is the tallest building in the UK at a height of 309.6 metres and is now one of London’s iconic landmarks and most prestigious addresses. The designers therefore aimed at creating stunning ceiling features which would reflect the dramatic shape and angles of The Shard’s exterior. This design included individually shaped beams above the reception, and intersecting beams above the bar.

SUPAWOOD UK worked with the client’s installation team and provided full technical support and drawings to ensure that the complex design and layout of beams went smoothly. The intersecting beams above the bar had to be installed in a specific order to ensure the correct result, so individually sized Maxi Beams were produced to enable this.

In this project, because they are so lightweight, using MAXI BEAM removed the need for extensive ceiling support work. They are also easy to cut and joined on-site and very clean to work with compared to solid timber. This meant delivery and installation to the 22nd floor of a very busy city location was relatively simple. Supplied with a SUPALAMI Light Oak durable and impact resistant laminated finish, the colour is consistent without variation in the grain, VOC emission is zero and the beams will be easy to maintain.

Read what SUPAWOOD UK's client wrote… "From the very first conversation, the team were always quick to respond to any communications, which in turn helped the project run smoothly overall. They had an excellent understanding of the task at hand and were well aligned with both ours and our client’s vision for the space. Design and delivery were consistently quick and efficient and the instructions given to the site team were concise and easy to follow. Overall a great company to work with and we look forward to working with them again in the future."

Project: Jellyfish office fit-out.

Address: Level 22, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom

Product/Finish: MAXI BEAM in SUPALAMI Light Oak.

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