Walls and Ceilings...

Regency construction are pleased to offer the following services relating to walls and ceilings:

  • Construction of stud partition walls in newly built houses and commercial buildings using both timber and metal studs
  • Plasterboarding of walls and ceilings in newly built houses and commercial buildings
  • Construction of stud partition walls in extensions, loft conversions and alterations
  • Plasterboarding of walls and ceilings in extensions, loft conversions and alterations
  • Plasterboarding of walls and ceilings during renovations (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
  • Drylining of walls
  • Removal of non-load bearing partition walls
  • Removal and replacement of old ceilings
  • Repair of walls and ceilings after damage (e.g. leak or flood)
  • Repair of walls and ceilings after electrical or plumbing works
  • Construction and plasterboarding of Metal Frame Ceilings
If your wall and ceiling requirement is not listed above then please feel free to contact us to discuss your exact requirements.

All of our wall and ceiling services are carried out to the highest industry standards and specifications using trade quality materials. By working in a professional and controlled way we aim to minimise disruption during the time work is taking place.

Please feel free to contact us to obtain a free written estimate of your wall and ceiling requirements.

Examples of our wall and ceiling work can be seen in our Portfolio section.

In addition to walls and ceilings, Regency Construction also offer the following services to complete the work:

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Introduction to Walls


The internal walls (also known as partition walls, stud walls, non load bearing walls) of a building used to divide the shell into smaller rooms are normally constructed using the stud wall method. This section includes the following topics:

For information on Ceilings please click here.

Timber Stud Partition Walls...

In the timber stud wall method, lengths of timber are attached to both the floor and the ceiling to form floor and ceiling plates. Between the floor and ceiling plates are placed upright timbers, known as studs. Typically the size of studs used are 75mm x 50mm (3" x 2"). The timber studs are normally placed at 600mm intervals. Both sides of the timber studs are then covered with plasterboard to form the wall. Typically the plasterboard is 12.5mm thick.

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Examples of Timber Stud Wall Construction

Metal Stud Partition Walls...


An alternative to timber stud walls is metal stud walls. In the metal stud wall method, lengths of specially formed metal (steel) channel are attached to both the floor and the ceiling to form floor and ceiling plates. Between the floor and ceiling plates are placed specially formed metal  studs. Typically in houses, the metal studs are 'C' shaped studs, 48mm wide. The are typically placed at 600mm intervals. Both sides of the metal studs are then covered with plasterboard to form the wall. Typically the plasterboard is 12.5mm thick.

Other types of metal studs commonly used are Acoustic studs, which are specially shaped studs designed to reduce the sound transference through walls, and 'I' shaped studs for walls of above normal height (e.g. commercial buildings, warehouse and barn conversions), requiring greater impact resistance.

The advantage of metal studs is that they are not prone to warping, shrinking and twisting like timber studs (which have been incorrectly stored).

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Examples of Metal Stud Wall Construction

Insulated Stud Partition Walls...

As shown in the diagrams above, if required (either by the Customer or by Building Regulations) both the Timber Stud Wall and the Metal Stud Wall system can be insulated. The insulation typically used in these systems is Fibre Wool Insulation designed specifically for Partition Walls.  Together with the Plasterboard, the Partition Wall insulation helps to absorb noise and minimised the sound transference through the wall. The Partition Wall insulation has the added advantage of also minimising the loss of heat through the Partition Wall and helps to increase the fire resistance of the Partition Wall

Plumbing, Electrical & Ventilation Boxings...

Other uses of the Timber Stud and Metal Stud system include the boxing in (encasement) of plumbing pipes, boxing in of electrical wires and boxing in of ventilation systems.

Timber and Metal Stud boxings for Plumbing, Electrical and Ventilation items.

Boxings for plumbing, electrical and ventilation items are constructed by building a timber or metal framework around the item. In the case of plumbing and ventilation items, it is common practice to insulate the item with Partition Wall insulation to absorb the noise of water or air passing through the pipe or duct. The timber or metal framework is then covered with a layer of plasterboard and finished either using Traditional Plastering or Taping and Jointing. Boxings constructed using this method can look more proffesional and in keeping with their surroundings than boxings using timber board products (e.g. plywood and MDF).

Structural Element Boxings...

Another use of the Timber Stud and Metal Stud system include the boxing in (encasement) of structural elements such as lintels and RSJ's.

Timber and Metal Stud boxings for Lintels and RSJ's.

In a similar way, boxings for lintels and RSJ's are constructed by building a timber or metal framework around the lintel or RSJ. The timber or metal framework is then covered with a layer of plasterboard. Since the lintel or RSJ is a structural element of the building, the plasterboard used is typically fire-resistant (e.g. British Gypsum Fireline. The plasterboard can then be finished either using Traditional Plastering or Taping and Jointing. Due to the fire protection requirement this is the standard method of boxing in lintels and RSJ's.

Independent External Wall Linings

The stud wall technique can also be used for the lining of External walls. It may be necessary to line the face of an external wall to:

The external wall lining can be constructed to be semi-independent or fully-independent of the external wall. Typically metal studs are used in independent wall lining systems.

Also see Insulation services for more uses of independent wall lining systems.

Click here to find out more about independent wall lining systems.

Curved Metal Stud Partition Walls...

The stud wall method can also be used to create curved internal partition walls. To create a curved internal wall, typically a flexible metal channel is fixed to the wall and to the ceiling. Metal studs are then fixed between the ceiling and wall channels. The metal studs are then typically covered on both sides with two layers of thinner (6 or 9.5mm) plasterboard. The minimum radius of the curve wall is normally 600mm.

Curved Stud Wall
Example of Curved Partition Wall Construction


Plasterboarding of Stud Partition Walls

Stud Partition Walls can be covered in a variety of plasterboard materials:


Typical uses of Stud Partition Walls

Typical uses of stud partition walls include:

  • Interior walls in new builds, extensions and conversions
  • Re-designing the internal layout of an existing building
  • Creating a new ensuite bathroom
  • Creating Wardrobes and cupboards
  • Boxing in plumbing, electrical, ventilation and structural items
  • Lining of exterior walls

Introduction to Ceilings...

Ceilings can either of fixed construction or of suspended construction. Fixed ceilings are normally plasterboard attached to timber floor joists. Suspended ceilings are normally of metal frame (MF) construction. This section contains the followings topics:

For information on Internal Partition Walls please click here.

Timber Joist Ceilings...

In most modern houses, the ceiling is constructed from plasterboard which is attached directly to either the timber floor joists (on ground or middle floors) or to timber ceiling joists (on top floor) using screws. Typically the plasterboard is 12.5mm thick. The plasterboard is then either finished with gypsum Plastering or Taped and Jointed.

To meet Building Regulations and Customer requirements a layer of sound insulation can be inserted between the floor joists to absorb sound transference between upstairs and downstairs rooms. The sound insulation has the added advantages of improving the thermal and fire performance of the ceiling/floor. Also see Insulation services offered by Regency Construction.

In older houses, the ceiling may be constructed from wooden laths and then finished using a lime plaster.

If required, a loft hatch can be fitted in the top floor ceiling to allow access to the loft.

Metal Frame Ceilings - Resilient Bar...

The simplest of the metal framed ceilings is the Resilient Bar system. The Resilient Bar is a specially designed metal profile that partially isolates the plasterboard from the building structure. The Resilient Bar reduces sound waves directly transmitted through the supporting timbers and can offer substantial improvements to the sound insulation performance of new and existing timber framed ceilings without dramatically lowering the height of the ceiling. One edge of the Resilient Bar is screwed to the timber framing and the plasterboard is then screwed to the face of the Resilient Bar. Typically the Resilient Bars are screwed at 90 degrees to the timber frame structure at 600mm intervals and sheets of plasterboard are screwed at 90 degrees to the Resilient Bars.

Resilient Bar
Resilient Bar

The Resilient Bar also has the added advantage of helping to eliminate 'screw popping' which is where plaster on the heads of screws is dislodged when the timber supporting structure shrinks, twists or warps as they dry out.

For added sound insulation, a layer of sound insulation can be inserted between the floor joists prior to installing the Resilient Bars. This insulation will further reduce the sound transference between upstairs and downstairs rooms. The sound insulation has the added advantages of improving the thermal and fire performance of the ceiling/floor. Also see Insulation services offered by Regency Construction.

Suspended Metal Frame Ceilings...

Suspended Metal Frame (MF) Ceilings  are commonly used where:

  • The upper floor is of concrete construction (e.g. flats, apartments, warehouse conversions)
  • Plumbing, Electrical and Ventilation services need to be accommodated between the floor and the ceiling
  • Existing ceilings require leveling
  • The ceiling design has several levels
Typically, a metal channel is attached to the perimeter walls of the room where the ceiling is to be installed. Primary Support Channels are then installed over the perimeter channel and supported at suitable interval from the floor above by steel angles. A secondary ceiling channel is then attached at 90 degrees to the primary channel. Plasterboard sheets are then screwed at 90 degrees to the ceiling channel (See example below).

Suspended Metal Frame Ceiling
Example of Suspended Metal Frame (MF) Ceiling

If required, Suspended Metal Frame (MF) Ceilings can also be supported from Timber Joists

To meet Building Regulations and Customer requirements a layer of sound insulation can be installed prior to plasterboarding to absorb sound transference between upstairs and downstairs rooms. The sound insulation has the added advantages of improving the thermal and fire performance of the ceiling/floor. Also see Insulation services offered by Regency Construction.

If required, specially designed service openings and lighting can be incorporated into the ceiling design.

Suspended Metal Grid Ceilings...

Suspended Metal Grid Ceilings are a light weight, pre-finish ceiling system. Suspended Metal Grid Ceilings offer a more flexible approach to changing ceiling design and easier to repair when damaged. Suspended Metal Grid Ceilings are commonly used in offices, public buildings and communal areas of apartments. The Suspended Metal Grid Ceiling system allows electrical, plumbing, ventilation and mechanical services to be concealed between the ceiling and the structure above. Suspended Metal Grid Ceilings provide sound attenuation and absorption. Ceiling tiles come in a range of textures, patterned and perforated finishes. Click here to see some of the Ceiling tile options available.



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Example of Metal Grid Ceiling

Typically, a shadow batten is fitted to the perimeter walls of the ceiling. A wall angle is fitted to this batten. Metal sections known as a Main T's are placed across the wall angle from one side of the room to the other at 600mm centres. The Main T's are suspended from the structure at 600mm internals by suspension wires. Cross T's are then placed across the main T's at 600mm centres to form a 600mm x 600mm grid. Ceiling Tiles are then inserted into the grid.

Curved Ceilings...

Using the correct framing is is possible to form Curved Ceilings. Curved Ceilings are also known as barrel or vaulted ceilings. Curved Ceilings can be concave or convex. Typically Curved Ceilings are constructed using metal studs but can be constructed in timber. Typically the minimum radius is 600mm.

Curved Ceiling
Construction of Metal Curved Ceiling.

Typically, for a metal frame construction, a curved perimeter channel is fitted to the walls adjoining the ceiling. Curved ceiling support channels are then suspended from the structure above, typically at 1200mm centres. Ceiling Sections are then attached at 90 degrees to the curved ceiling support channels. Plasterboard is then screwed onto the ceiling sections.

To meet Building Regulations and Customer requirements a layer of sound insulation can be installed prior to plasterboarding to absorb sound transference between upstairs and downstairs rooms. The sound insulation has the added advantages of improving the thermal and fire performance of the ceiling/floor. Also see Insulation services offered by Regency Construction.

Plasterboarding and Tiling of Ceilings


Ceilings can be covered in a variety of plasterboard materials:

Click here to see examples of Grid Ceilings Tiles available.

Areas covered by Regency Construction



Bath & Bristol Map

The towns and cities covered by Regency Construction include:

Bath | Bristol |Bridgwater | Chippenham| Clevedon | Frome | Glastonbury| Melksham | Midsomer Norton | Portishead | RadstockShepton Mallet | Sherbourne | StreetTrowbridge | Warminster | Wells | Westbury | Weston-Super-Mare | Yeovil


The Counties covered by Regency Construction include:

Avon | Somerset | Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) | Bristol City | West Wilsthire | South Gloucestershire

Postcodes covered by Regency Construction include:

BA | BS

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Contact Us

Regency Construction invite you to contact us to discuss your Walls and Ceilings requirements. Regency Construction can be contacted in the following ways:

By Post:

Regency Construction
3 Briar Close
Radstock
Bath
Somerset
BA3 4DX

By Telephone on 07922 140769

By Email at enquiry@regencyconstruction.co.uk

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