Partitions & Slidings

Gyproc Habito debuts at Dubai university

September 2018

When it opens to students this month (September), Dubai’s new University of Birmingham will become the first major new education campus in the UAE to use an innovative new plasterboard lining developed by Saint-Gobain Gyproc for increased impact resistance and simple, high-load fixing.

 Gyproc Habito is manufactured using ground-breaking new technology that produces a unique high-strength dense plaster core capable of supporting weights of up to 30 kg from just a normal 5 mm woodscrew or Number 10 screw. This will give the university the flexibility to add or reposition heavy wall-mounted items and quickly reconfigure teaching spaces to match the developing curriculum and changing teaching methods, says Gyproc.

 The high-strength Habito plasterboard, which is strong enough to shrug off everyday knocks and scrapes, will also keep walls looking pristine for longer, and thus cut down on the regular maintenance work in corridors and other high traffic areas, that can be expensive and very disruptive to teaching programmes, it adds.

 The new Habito lining is part of a package of Gyproc acoustic and fire-resistant interior products and systems, including GypWall Quiet twin-frame acoustic separating walls and Gyproc ShaftWall, valued at almost Dh2 million ($544,514), installed at the new university by Dubai-based interiors and soundproofing specialist contractor, Hillpoint Building Solutions.

 Described as an important milestone in the goal to build a world-class education hub in Dubai, the new University of Birmingham is located in Dubai International Academic City, the world’s first free zone dedicated to higher education.

 It will be the first global top 100 and UK Russell Group University to establish a campus in Academic City and will provide students with the opportunity to study on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Meanwhile, Gyproc has expanded its range with the new Gyproc SoundBloc and Isovor Eco, making it even easier to specify higher performance acoustic partitions and walls, according to the company.

“Gyproc SoundBloc, our new higher density acoustic plasterboard, gives better acoustics using thinner constructions, while Isover Eco, from our sister company, offers increased performance by adding a special insulation quilt within the wall cavity,” says a spokesman for the company.

Gyproc SoundBloc is designed for use in Gyproc partition, lining and ceiling systems where greater levels of sound insulation are required.

Isover Eco Acoustic Partition Roll is a non-combustible glass mineral wool roll for sound insulation in partitions, linings and ceiling systems.  

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