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Last edited 14 Sep 2020
Partition walls can be solid, typically constructed from brick or blockwork, or can be a framed construction. Framed partition walls are sometimes referred to as stud walls, and can be constructed from a timber, steel or aluminium frames clad with boarding such as plasterboard, timber, metal or fibreboard. Partition walls may also be glazed.
Frame constructions may include insulation to prevent the passage of sound or fire between adjacent spaces. It is important therefore that the top and bottom of the wall are properly sealed against the floor and ceiling, and where a raised floor or suspended ceiling is present, it is important to consider the potential for ‘flanking’ through the voids above and below.
As they are non-load bearing, partition walls can provide good flexibility, particularly if they are lightweight, framed systems, as wall positions can be changed relatively easily and inexpensively without impacting on the overall structure of a building. Depending on the nature of the construction, it may be possible to re-use some, or all of the components of the wall in a different location.
They may also be movable. Movable partition systems include:
- Pipe and drape systems with telescopic or fixed horizontal and vertical components that create a removable panel system.
- Free-standing screens.
- Folding partitions.
- Sliding partitions with tracks attached to the floor and ceiling.
- Movable partitions are commonly found in exhibitions spaces, hotels, offices and so on.
The specification of partition walls will depend on the requirements for weight, cost, speed of installation, availability of materials, longevity, durability, flexibility, ease of reconfiguration, sound and fire insulation and surface finish. They may also be required to a perform a secondary structural role, for example supporting cupboards or shelving.
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