Haymarket Hub

Sector: Rail

Main Contractor: Tolent Construction

Architect: Reid Jubb Brown Partnership

• Steel suspension system
• Insulation
• Knauf MP75 Spray Plastering

The Haymarket Hub is a £22 million metro station development in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, marked by a distinctive zinc-covered roof. Ornate Interiors were appointed to carry out internal plasterwork on the third and fourth floors. Each side of the building incorporates a giant glazed arch, and the curved internal environment posed considerable technical challenges. Works were further complicated because the Metro station beneath remained fully functioning during the project and there was a constant stream of pedestrians moving to and fro.

Ornate Interiors opted to use the innovative Knauf projection method of plastering. This machine-applied plastering is much quicker than the traditional hand-applied method. The obvious benefit to the builders is that time on site is reduced, enabling following trades to come in earlier than would otherwise have been possible.

First a complex construction of steel suspension, insulation and curved galvanised sheets was built and then finished with plaster sprayed to the required thickness. After application, the plaster was left to harden, then smoothed with a curved spatula and finished with a sponge. Finally the face of the plaster was trowelled to an even curved matt finish, ready for the final paintwork. The smoothness of the plaster is outstanding and completes a project which displays the marque of true craftsmanship throughout.

Ornate Interiors were delighted that their work was recognised with the award of the Humber Salver for Internal Plastering at the Plaisterers Awards in 2010.

Judges comments:
“A spectacular job that not many companies would dare to take on”

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