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Heradesign brings visual order to the Mess

Beacon Barracks in Stafford

Beacon Barracks in Stafford

Heradesign ceiling rafts were specified by HLM Architects for the new Junior Ranks Mess building at Beacon Barracks in Stafford. The architects were attracted to Heradesign because they wanted “a ceiling solution that would perform acoustically and enhance the modern, high quality design.”

The Junior Ranks building is part of a £150 million pound redevelopment to turn Beacon Barracks into a vital hub for the UK’s armed forces. This large, multi-purpose project houses catering, retail, leisure and sports facilities, and medical services to provide service personnel with necessary amenities on site.

The Mess is a light, open space with moveable walls, exposed roof apex and double height spaces in many areas. David Greig, of HLM Architects, explains how Heradesign helped him realise his innovative vision for the interior. “I wanted a contemporary look for the ceiling. I chose Heradesign because I liked its unique wood-wool texture which helps make the rafts visually appealing. I was impressed by how well the individual panels could be matched to complement the chosen colour scheme and by how the rafts integrate successfully with the ventilation system and lighting.”

The rafts are suspended from the ceiling. Each raft consists of individual Heradesign panels fitted to a concealed grid to give an almost continuous appearance. The rafts create a striking feature thanks to their distinctive woven surface, which in this case is matched to two RAL colours. Heradesign can be specified in an unlimited number of colours – enabling true design freedom.

The Mess has a number of potential sources of noise: from the kitchen as well as activity, speech and movement in the dining areas. The rafts are located around or above these areas to absorb sound and minimise disturbance in the quieter areas of the Mess. Heradesign has the highest level of sound absorption, Class A, helping improve speech intelligibility and creating a relaxed atmosphere.

Thermatex Antaris ceilings from Knauf AMF are fitted in the shop and other communal areas. Antaris is a white mineral tile with a very high light reflectance of up to 88%. The light reflecting capacity of Antaris helps improve lighting conditions which contributes to a reduction in energy bills. The surface of the tiles diffuses the light coming into the room, reducing glare and providing a comfortable environment in which to work and concentrate.

Antaris offers high sound absorbency (Class A), helping control the noise level inside these areas. The surface of the tiles acts as an outstanding sound absorber to help maintain a comfortable level of ambient sound.

If your project has a complex mix of acoustic and aesthetic challenges, Knauf AMF can provide a solution that will work for any interior. To contact a sales manager, order samples or view more case studies visit or email

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