Sub-sectors within the Finishes and Interiors Sector

FIS serves the diversity of sectors in the Finishes and Interior Sector through its working groups and specialist knowledge hubs.  To help specifiers, contractors and those simply looking to find out more, we have collated some key relevant information in the links below.

Drylining – Drylining is constructed on site to provide partitions, wall innings and ceilings using plasterboard on a framework, typically of light gauge steel sections in highrise residential, commercial, education and health facilities and timber stud in low rise housing.

Suspended Ceilings – Suspended ceilings are a linier membrane hung by a suspension from a steel framework from the soffit above. They provide acoustic and can provide fire performance as well as light reflectance, and provide a void to hide mechanical electrical and plumbing services (MEP)

Partitioning – Partitioning can be formed from drylining or proprietary framed or unframed glass systems to delineate space and provide acoustic fire and barrier separation. Partitions tend to be non loadbearing but can be demountable and some are relocatable to provide flexibility.

Plastering – Plaster is a building material used for the protective or decorative coating of walls and ceilings and for moulding and casting decorative elements. The most common types of plaster mainly contain either gypsum, lime, or cement, but all work in a similar way. Plastering is used in buildings of all types and embraces the traditional skills and competencies to inspect, report and maintain our stock of heritage buildings from stately homes to Theatres, banks and town halls as well as providing off site fibrous plaster used in retail parks hotels and new builds.

Operable Walls – Operable walls are panelised partitions usually mounted from the soffit to provide flexible division of space and are often seen in exhibition halls, hotels, schools colleges and universities.

Steel Frame Systems – SFS Light Gauge Steel Framing systems provide the framework to infill between floors on the external skin of buildings and can be used to provide an off site manufactured load bearing framing used in modern methods of construction (MMC)

Site Carpentry and Joinery – Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects. They may be involved in new builds or in renovation and alteration of existing buildings and structures.

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