Armstrong Ceilings’ annual Grid Off challenge took place at Birmingham’s NEC on 6 April. Of the 18 finalists, 12 companies were FIS members, with New Forest Ceilings just being pipped to the title by Coyle Suspended Ceilings.

Over nine rounds, teams went head-to-head to install a T grid and board-edged 600mm x 600mm mineral tile system in a 7.2m² space to win a pair of Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond limited edition watches. The runners-up, New Forest Ceilings, won four tickets to watch Anthony Joshua fight Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO super heavyweight world championship at Wembley.

The ceiling installers were shortlisted for their projects as follows:

Bellwood Interiors for new offices in Milton Keynes
Carter Ceilings for a new DC Thompson publishing office in Dundee
Diespeker (Interiors) for Damers School in Dorchester, Dorset
Great Yarmouth Ceilings for Yarmouth Summit offices for start-up businesses
Grimes Finishings for the conversion of the former media centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
John Atkinson Interiors for Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds
New Forest Ceilings for Solent University
Peveril Interiors for Bingham Methodist Church in Nottinghamshire
Taylor Hart for the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham
Top Fix Interiors for Wiltshire College, Chippenham
SCI for a waste recycling plant in Derby
SCL for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Cambridge

Read more from the day’s event on Armstrong Ceilings‘ live blog:

Armstrong ceilings grid off team