King's College London, Fetal Medicine

Key features




King's College Hospital NHS Trust


Agenda 21 Architects Ltd

Main contractor

Gilbert Ash Ltd


Delmond Construction Ltd

Completion year


System type

SAS330, SAS600

Area M2



United Kingdom

Product Groups

The King’s College Hospital Fetal Medicine Centre serves more than 10,000 mothers and babies each year. Home to the world-leading Harris Birthright Centre, the new building is a crucial treatment and research facility for the healthcare sector. The architects specified SAS International ceilings to improve access to vital M&E services and complement the desired calm environment.

To achieve this, extra-long plain SAS330 tiles in light grey were manufactured for the project. Using a tile to plasterboard trim, the long strips of tiles integrate smoothly with the plasterboard surround. A hook-over system, tiles swing down and can be quickly removed giving access to the void and a complex M&E infrastructure. Pre-formed apertures incorporate lights and sensors while trapezoidal tiles aid installation with curved walls and room shapes.

The neutral colour and shadow gap trims support the calming aesthetic aims of the architect. Polished concrete and grey metalwork features, combined with pale plasterboard, stand out with a 15mm shadow gap border. A peaceful acoustic environment was also a significant aspiration of the project. Associated with wellbeing and patient recovery times, SAS was required to provide an acoustic corridor solution to reduce unwanted noise. SAS600 rafts with a bespoke zonal perforation give the appearance of floating above waiting areas and passage ways. A half perforated and half plain raft, the modules match the plain SAS330 tiles and make a feature of the perforations required for acoustic absorption.

SAS International also supplied over one hundred 600x600 SAS130 tiles to the project. Specified in RAL9010, this system provides high acoustic absorption in staff and laboratory areas.

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