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Westfield London Shopping Centre

Westfield London is a shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The centre was developed by the Westfield Group at a cost of £1.6bn on a large brownfield site, formerly the location of the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition. It took 5 years and 8000 people to build, and it was delivered on time.

The centre covers a retail floor area of 150,000m² (1.615m ft²), the equivalent of about 30 football pitches, and houses 255 stores. It is said to be London's largest shopping centre and the largest urban area indoor shopping centre in Europe. There is a high-end retail area called The Village that has attracted exclusive, black label brands such as Burberry, De Beers, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, and Tiffany & Co.

The interior design setting for these high-end retailers incorporated many luxurious but hard reflective wall and floor surfaces. The Buchan Group specified StoSilent Panel, a seamless acoustic ceiling system, because it more than met their acoustic requirements, and also because the product provided the best aesthetic within the difficult curved areas.

Kate Knuckey of The Buchan Group comments on the flexibility of the product: "The other issue with this project, beyond the noise absorption, was the shape of the voids being oval. It was almost impossible to create a neat and clean looking ceiling in these areas with the metal panel system that was used down all mall runs, as placing a straight grid on these areas would leave you with awkwardly sized and shaped panels. The Sto system created a great transition from the metal panel bulkheads that were used throughout the malls. The overall finish and look is flawless."

StoSilent Panel was used in the four corners of Westfield – which are subject to particularly high traffic as they are either entry/exit areas or accommodate food kiosks with seating that attract crowds of people.

Manufactured from 96% recycled glass granulate, the StoSilent Panel board is lightweight yet extremely rigid, remaining virtually inert through typical room temperature changes. Together, the board and steel grid weigh only 9.6 kg/m². The suspended, sound absorbent board allows jointless areas of up to 200m² to be created. This substrate is then coated with StoSilent Superfine acoustic fibre-free plaster in a choice of 465 colours.

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Westfield London Shopping Centre

See the project page for the London Westfield Shopping Centre.