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Acoustic Panels Connect History

Acoustic Panels Connect History

Troldtekt A/S

London’s so-called Loom building is full of stories that unravel and offer glimpses into its rich history. It is not often that architects, in this case Duggan Morris, have the opportunity to design a perfect link between both modern and ancient. One of the architects’ solutions was to use Troldtekt 2000 x 600mm natural wood wool acoustic ceiling panels. These provide an attractive link between the different spaces in this together with reusing many original old materials to restore attractive life into this previously neglected space.
A welcoming entrance with Acoustic panels from Organic

A welcoming entrance with Acoustic panels from Organic

Knauf Insulation bv

The Reception Offices for Newcomers (BAPA) in the Brussels-Capital region wishes to empower newcomers and allow them to settle better in Belgian society. Convivial implicates friendliness and joy, so when creating the design for their new offices, Design Agency Panorama was happy to work with Organic. They wished good acoustics for the space, as they realised the effect of good or poor acoustics on the well-being of people. Research shows that spaces with good acoustics have a calming effect on people. Organic wood wool panels create a feeling of acoustic well-being while offering creative freedom.
Acoustic Panels and History

Acoustic Panels and History

Troldtekt A/S

A significant new building project has recently been completed at one of the National Trust’s most popular properties in Hampshire, Mottisfont Abbey. The new development, situated on the banks of the River Test, uses Troldtekt natural wood wool panels to improve the entrance facilities at this historic priory and country estate - visited annually by over 250,000 people. Designed by Burd Haward Architects, the new welcome buildings are arranged around a central courtyard, raised above ground level to avoid risk of flooding and impact on the existing flood plain.
Soft Panel - Lightweight Fabric Panel System - Improves Acoustics in Café Redesign

Soft Panel - Lightweight Fabric Panel System - Improves Acoustics in Café Redesign

Vtec Group

The designer wanted a ceiling feature in the café of this garden centre for acoustic purposes. The ceiling also needed to complement the soft and colourful design with additional greenery. Soft Panel in luxurious natural colour suede (colour M002) was specified at 25mm thickness. Soft Panel is a great sound absorber, specifically designed to reduce and control reverberated noise in building interiors. The bespoke panels were manufactured to precise dimensions for the best fit. Vtec supplied the hanging wire system and full instructions, ensuring the installers had everything they needed for quick, easy installation and integration with additional décor.
2022 - Troldtekt launches FUTURECEM acoustic panels with negative carbon footprint

2022 - Troldtekt launches FUTURECEM acoustic panels with negative carbon footprint

Troldtekt A/S

Since 2012, Danish acoustic wood wool manufacturer Troldtekt has been leading the way with its sustainable practices and leadership. An early adopter of the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept, the company has focused on its material health, reutilisation, energy, water and social responsibility winning recognition and numerous green awards over the years. The adoption of FUTURECEM™ has now further enhanced the manufacturing process and elevated Troldtekt to Cradle-to-Cradle Gold Certification. In addition, and being both FSC® and PEFC™ certified, the company has set strict environmental targets for its manufacture and products culminating in a transparent roadmap in its annual CSR reports. This has led the company to be one of Europe’s most vociferous advocates for sustainable design and one which contributes positively to BREEAM, WELL, LEED and DGNB-Certifications.FUTURECEM™ is a new patented cement from Aalborg Portland. Absorbing more CO2 than it creates during production, its incorporation into Troldtekt’s wood wool panels gives Troldtekt acoustic panels their strength, durability and fire-protective properties without the use of harmful chemicals. This combination also means that Troldtekt’s panels have a negative carbon footprint right up until it is time for them to be disposed of or recycled – a phenomenal result.Troldtekt’s natural and inherently sustainable panels offer high sound absorption and tactile surface, coupled with high durability and low-cost lifecycle performance. Available in various sizes and in four grades, from extreme fine to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.
Multi Product install by Style at  Hewlett Packard Offices, Dorma Variflex, Solid and Glass acoustic walls with added collaborative space panels

Multi Product install by Style at Hewlett Packard Offices, Dorma Variflex, Solid and Glass acoustic walls with added collaborative space panels

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

In 2020, Hewlett Packard Enterprises relocated to The 210 Building, an inspiring office development in the heart of Winnersh Triangle. Working with architects, Perkins and Will, and BW Construction, Style was specified to create an extensive range of flexible space within the meeting rooms as well as a chic, collaborative working environment.Using a combination of 52dB Dorma Hüppe semi-automatic Variflex glass moveable walls, 55dB solid semi-automatic Variflex moveable walls and Style’s ingenious ‘working wall’ pivot panels, a supremely flexible and stylish training and meeting suite has been created. Hewlett Packard employees enjoy a contemporary environment with the freedom to rapidly change room configuration as often as required. The 210 Building offers 62,000 sq ft of newly refurbished office space, of which 31,000 sq ft has been let to Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Aiming to enhance the work/life balance of employees and staff located in the Winnersh Triangle, the Park offers a plethora of amenities including fitness facilities, cafes, open spaces for walking and cycling, an on-site nursery and even its own dedicated railway station. “This is a stunning installation,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “Everything about it is first class, making this a project we’re incredibly proud of.“The Variflex moveable walls offer top-end acoustic integrity, which means meetings and training sessions can take place undisturbed. The combination of glass and solid panels deliver a wonderful blend of privacy and transparency, while bringing a light and airy feel to the floor space.“The mix of fabric and writeable white board finishes offer a chic interior design yet a practical one too, and the pivot panels offer the perfect solution for collaborative working and break out groups.”Style’s agile, floating panel ‘working walls’ remove the usual barriers of meeting and training rooms, segregated work desks and cubicles, instead offering companies a space where individuals can group together, team up quickly on projects, share ideas and change their environment to suit the task in hand.
How do Absorption Panels Work?

How do Absorption Panels Work?

Hush Acoustics

In this article we look how absorber panels work, specifically, the Hush Absorber 50 and 50A. These are class A Absorber panels that have been specially formulated using a 50mm acoustic foam and hand finished with interior fabric. Manufactured in our warehouse in Liverpool, these products are designed to eliminate echoes and reverberation noise within spaces.
Acoustic Products launches semi-automatic electric movable wall

Acoustic Products launches semi-automatic electric movable wall

Acoustic Products Ltd

Acoustic Products has launched a new semi-automatic electric movable wall system. Each panel within the system has a microprocessor based circuit board controlling automatic operation of the panel seals making the system extremely easy to use and re-locate. Available in sound reduction ratings up to Rw 57 dB, a wide range of panel finishes and with simple or more complex remote stacking arrangements. Please contact the techical sales department at Acoustic Products for more information. Tel +44 (0)1227 281140 Fax +44 (0)1227 281141 www.acoustic-products.co.uk enquiries@acoustic-products.co.uk.
Aztec West

Aztec West

Acoustics Agency

Installation of Acoustic Cloud Panels within opening in plasterboard which housed the HVAC systems. Panels were designed to be removable for ease of access to maintenance teams. We also installed multiple Acoustic Grids to areas.
Antibacterial Paint bespoke access panels

Antibacterial Paint bespoke access panels

Trade Access Panels

We can make any size and shape access panel: Antibacterial Paint Special Antibacterial Paint available with the added benefit of an effective antibacterial agent which kills most species of bacteria, including the deadly MRSA, Salmonella, E coli and C difficile. Ceramic Tile Doors Plasterboard Faced Metal Faced Loft Hatches Fire Rated Acoustic Rated Airtight Rated Smoke Tested Special Paint Colours for your Project needs. Available Panel Sizes: 100x100mm to 3000x8000mm
West London Free School

West London Free School

Autex Acoustics Ltd

For West London Free School, music is at the heart of school life. Located in the busy district of Hammersmith, West London Free School needed to be transformed into an acoustically sound teaching and learning environment catering for students from Year Seven to Year 12. Existing buildings ‘The Music Lodge’ and ‘Palingswick House’ both needed to be fully refurbished. This included labs, art rooms, a canteen, a library, and a two-storey music centre.The Project In order to provide better learning environments, Rodney Maggot, Senior Design Co-ordinator for Willmott Dixon Construction, planned the acoustic requirements for each new space. The classrooms were originally built for other purposes, making the spaces challenging to work with. The refurbished buildings were full of hard reflective surfaces, so Rodney requested that Autex break up the spaces by adding sound absorbent materials. Quietspace® Panel was employed to achieve high acoustic absorption for each of the spaces being renovated. Great care was taken to strategically place each individual panel where they would best absorb problem frequencies, ensuring the rooms were balanced. By altering the height of the suspension, the surface area of the panels were increased ­– drastically improving the targeted sound absorption and reducing the number of panels needed to achieve the same result. Autex was able to cater to the different acoustic needs of each classroom by custom cutting each of the 50mm panels to the size they would be most acoustically effective.During the project there was a lack of storage and delivery space on site which meant nothing could be delivered prior to the installation date. Autex Acoustics coordinated with Willmott Dixon and delivered the panels on the exact date they were required for installation – making the process more efficient. To guarantee none of the panels were damaged in transit, Autex made several alterations to the packing of the panels which allowed for a quick and efficient installation once the panels had arrived safely. Choosing the safest acoustic products for the updated learning environments was an important aspect in the product selection process. Autex Acoustics were deliberately specified as they are lightweight; the panels are suspended above the classroom, so it would be considered a hazard to have them overhanging if the panels were too heavy. For peace of mind all Autex suspended acoustic systems have been vigorously tested and have been proven not to fall or collapse in the event of an earthquake. All Autex interior acoustic products are made from 100% polyester, making them non-toxic, safe, and a healthy alternative to other fibreglass systems available on the market. The installation of Autex Acoustics products dramatically altered the acoustic performance of the buildings, particularly in the Music Centre, which was a fantastic result.
Reducing Noise at Hoebridge Golf Centre

Reducing Noise at Hoebridge Golf Centre

Hush Acoustics

Hush Acoustics were contacted to find a solution to a noisy acoustics issue, as the golf centre believed it was losing revenue in the bar and restaurant due to the poor acoustics. The paying golfers and patrons did not want to spend their time in these noisy and problematic areas. As part of their service, Hush performed an extensive survey and it was decided that Hush Absorber 50 Sound Absorbing Panels should be installed within the bar and restaurant areas to reduce the noise levels. Hush were able to calculate exactly how many panels were needed using expert acoustic software.
Acoustic improvement for Forum Saint-Louis

Acoustic improvement for Forum Saint-Louis

Knauf Insulation bv

The Forum Saint-Louis is a multi-purpose venue for cultural and sporting events. There were major requirements in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. wood wool reduces the reflection of sound and reverberation to provide greater acoustic comfort. The acoustic wood wool panels used in the colours of Asphalt, Silicon, Pure and Orange add atmosphere to the room. Thanks to their modular structure, Organic panels allow you to give body to a space and create a unique graphic identity.
Perfect acoustic solution for Bos & Co

Perfect acoustic solution for Bos & Co

Knauf Insulation bv

Café, restaurant and party venue Bos & Co was looking for acoustic solutions with aesthetic added value. Owner Marc Storms ended up with Organic's acoustic ceiling panels. The interior has received an attractive boost and measurements show that acoustic comfort has been improved significantly as well.
KPMG - Castle Terrace

KPMG - Castle Terrace

Acoustic Products Ltd

These meeting spaces at the KPMG site in Edinburgh called for our advanced acoustic knowledge and for Topakustik’s design oriented manufacturing. Using the Topakustik micro perforated technology, we were able to create the image of the founders of KPMG into timber acoustic panels.
Fire safety and optimal acoustics in technical class room

Fire safety and optimal acoustics in technical class room

Knauf Insulation bv

The A2 Decorative panel offers outstanding acoustic performance. With its Euro class A2 performance this panel is very well fitted to finish technical spaces and technical rooms. 
Amazon

Amazon

Acoustics Agency

Installation of Groove Acoustic Panels as a ceiling treatment above boardroom and meeting room tables. This was specifically designed to allow access above for continued maintenance on the HVAC systems.
Rosemount apartment conversion exceeds new build standards

Rosemount apartment conversion exceeds new build standards

Hush Acoustics

In this project, Hush Acoustics were tasked with a project in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, to provide a solution for a beautiful mid terraced property recently converted into 4x spacious apartments over four floors.With the apartments located very close to a road, the issues became apparent after spending some time inside, with road traffic noise as well as public background noise clearly heard.Key to resolving the issues was to ensure appropriate acoustic measures were carried out when converting this existing property into apartments, and that the party walls and/or ceilings met the required standards for conversion under the Building Regulations, Approved Document E.Working with Andrew Bentley, the architect and Kevin Cretney of Kinrade Construction, a solution incorporating the following was provided:HD1044 ACOUSTIC BASEMENT SYSTEMThis system has been created with residential properties in mind and is made up of a combination of materials that offer excellent sound reduction within the specified area.The basement system is made up of Hush Slab 100 which is tightly packed within the joists, Hush Deep Resilient Bars, which are fixed horizontally to the underneath of the joists and Hush Multi Panel which is fixed to the underside of the bars. 15mm of Fireline Plasterboard is then used to over board the Multi Panel.HD1041 ACOUSTIC WALL LINING SYSTEMThis system has been thoroughly tested to exceed Building Regulations and our competitor’s wall lining products. It is made up of Hush Multi Panel, the 15mm Fireline which is then installed over, ensuring joints are staggered. The perimeters are sealed using Hush Isolation Tape, as well as our Acoustic Sealant. These boards are then fixed to the Deep Resilient Bars and Hush Slab 25 is fitted in between. The Bars are then fixed horizontally to the wall.The benefits of this system are its high standards of airborne sound reduction, can reduce both flanking and direct sound transmission and creates a minimum loss of space.HD1038 HUSH ACOUSTIC FLOOR SYSTEM MF28This floor system is a highly rated performer and has again been thoroughly tested within areas that require exceptional acoustic control. Made up of Hush Panel 28 which is laid over the chipboard deck and sealed using Hush Seal 20. The Hush MF Ceiling System is then installed to the underside of the joists, to the back of the plasterboard lining. Hush Slab 100 is then installed tightly within the ceiling void. Two layers of plasterboard is then installed to the underside of the MF system and all perimeters sealed with the Hush Acoustic Sealant.Outstanding resultsTests carried out on completion of the acoustic treatment showed immediate results, which completely exceeded the acoustic requirements for conversion within the Building Regulations and also surpassed New Build standards.Chartered Architect, Andrew Bentley, said, "Thank you for all your help and support. I will be happy to use your products again in future."
Edenbrook Sports Hall

Edenbrook Sports Hall

Acoustic Products Ltd

Specified and installed specifically for the acoustic and impact resistant properties was our (Topakustik) Topperfo M 16/16/8 (aw 0.75LM Euro Class C, NRC 0.91) perforated panels.
Project Loop

Project Loop

Acoustic Products Ltd

Installed were three various sized Topakustik Panels, the 9/2M, 12/4M and 14/2M. Primarily chosen for the aesthetics; these panels also created a better natural environment to combat the acoustic struggles of the modern day work place. We help combat higher reverberation levels, lower the sound pressure levels and diffused those annoying noise frequencies.
New Scotland Yard

New Scotland Yard

Acoustic Products Ltd

This Laudescher LINEA Bespoke 2.4.3 acoustic slatted panels with the purpose of managing the reflective nature of the walls within the main entrance area. The extremely specific design of the ceiling panels here where each slat cut from a glulam block so as to achieve a curve that is not stressed. The same product is used inside and outside so as to achieve a seamless finish through the glass.
Headington School - Auditorium

Headington School - Auditorium

Acoustic Products Ltd

This wonderful acoustically treated auditorium at the Headington School featuring TOPAKUSTIK Lungern micro perforated and solid panels.Architects: Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare ArchitectsContractors: BeardFor any questions or queries do not hesitate to get in contact.
Acoustic performance and Aestetic Finishing in One Go

Acoustic performance and Aestetic Finishing in One Go

Knauf Insulation bv

The award winning Dubai nightspot Lock, Stock and Barrel (designed by Broadway Interiors) was fitted out with Heraklith wood wool panels with acoustic performance in mind and aesthetics in sight. Lock, Stock and Barrel is a very theatrical space. A variety of textures, industrial bricks and wooden elements can be found on the two floors with more than 800 square meters. No need to say that acoustics are of utmost importance in order to realize the right atmosphere for this venue.
Cork, Soft Panels & Arctic Moss - Biophilic Office Design

Cork, Soft Panels & Arctic Moss - Biophilic Office Design

Vtec Group

A young interior design company updated their offices, using a striking combination of colours and textures. The Boardroom, dressed in warm, earthy tones includes Vtec Raw Bark Panels, which introduce natural and highly textural detail, improve space acoustics and create a stunning contrast with the wooden panel, finished in rich Burgundy. The Pool Playing area features a striking layered texture wall, finished in hues of vibrant blues and includes coloured Cork, Soft Panels and Arctic Moss in Blue 02 and Marine 03.
The Shard: Acoustic Ceilings and Bespoke Design

The Shard: Acoustic Ceilings and Bespoke Design

Vtec Group

This high profile project in The Shard was a complete office fit-out, designed to future-proof and meet the end client’s operational needs. The modern design featured Vtec’s MaxiBeam system and Supacoustic panels. These systems allow for excellent visual appeal and acoustic performance combined with being easy to install and flexible to incorporate the specific access requirements.
Queenswood School

Queenswood School

DYNAMIK Sports Flooring

From floor to ceiling this 'Sport For All' school chose the DYNAMIK treatment with an area elastic sprung sports floor finished in Tarkett Sports Vinyl and DYNAMIK Sports Wall panels to provide the best acoustics. The Solid & Acoustic (Perforated) sports wall panels in Classic Oak CPL wood-effect finish complement the Grey floor surface.
Styles Unique Flush telescopic end panel for enhanced aesthetic appearance manufactured for the Dorma Variflex Product range

Styles Unique Flush telescopic end panel for enhanced aesthetic appearance manufactured for the Dorma Variflex Product range

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

New to the market, Style is now able to offer a unique telescopic end-panel, available with the advanced Dorma Hüppe Variflex partitioning wall system. The TEF closure panel improves moveable wall aesthetics as it sits completely flush against adjacent panels. The TEF panel ensures an optimum acoustic seal is created every time. Julian Sargent, group md of Style, the UK’s exclusive UK partner to Dorma Hüppe, explains, “This new development is something architects, specifiers, and contractors have all been asking for, as it removes any protrusion from the wall, or bulky and unsightly expanding end-sleeves.
Armourcoat Acoustic flies high at new Istanbul Airport

Armourcoat Acoustic flies high at new Istanbul Airport

Armourcoat Ltd

Armourcoat’s Acoustic Plaster System has been specified by UK architects Softroom for the new $12billion Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The facility will eventually fly 200 million passengers a year when complete in 2028, making it the world’s biggest airport.The stunning interior design for the Turkish Airlines lounges is the result of an international competition won by Softroom. The brief called for 19,000m2 of lounges that embody the national carrier’s new brand philosophy of ‘flow’ within the airport environment. The lounge design forms a passenger journey that effortlessly weaves the spaces of the lounges together. To aid the sound quality within the lounges, the Armourcoat Acoustic plaster system creates a seamless ceiling finish with a class ‘A’ Noise Reduction Coefficient rating. Its clean and smooth mineral surface adding to the overall design.In addition, the Armourcoat Acoustic Seamless Plaster system was installed as large island panels within the 55,000m2 duty free area operated by Unifree duty free in partnership with Gebr Heinemann. The area takes inspiration from the Bosphorus strait in Turkey, with seven sections each selling brands related to its theme including Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari. Designed to optimize the acoustics of interior spaces, the Armourcoat Acoustic Seamless Plaster system comprises of a special mineral wool composite panel that is bonded onto the substrate and finished with a seamless layer. It offers an elegant marble based plaster finish while allowing sound energy to pass through the surface. The system consists of 80% recycled material, has zero VOCs and achieves class '0' fire rating. The system has also been granted the Quiet Mark Award - the international mark of approval from the Noise Abatement Society Charitable Foundation. Photography: © Büşra Yeltekin
Rockfon brings acoustic Tech to stunning TECA – The Event Complex Aberdeen

Rockfon brings acoustic Tech to stunning TECA – The Event Complex Aberdeen

Rockfon

Technical Manager Tim Spencer “The initial need was for an elegant high-performance ceiling grid that could span 2500mm and support the ceiling infill. The answer was a bespoke version of our Rockfon® System MaxiSpan™ grid. We were then briefed to find an acoustic solution to resolve the acoustic challenges for the spaces which would host a variety of music concerts. We worked in partnership with ROCKWOOL and the solution was bespoke 100mm thick Rockfon Color-all® black ceiling tiles in combination with 100mm ROCKWOOL FLEXI® overlay and 40mm thick Color-all panels together with 100mm or 160mm FLEXI for the walls.”
It's Child's Play!

It's Child's Play!

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

Delivering privacy between the design office and meeting room of leading toy and games specialist, John Adams, Style has installed a chic moveable wall system that combines three glass panels with a single solid panel and solid inset pass door. The DORMA semi-automatic sliding partition allows natural light into the divided space whilst still offering 47dB Rw acoustic rating, for excellent privacy when required. Staff at John Adams can quickly and easily slide the panels into place, whereupon substantial rubber seals automatically expand to form the optimum acoustic barrier, every time.
Bespoke Joinery Manufacturer uses Fire Door Foam and Intumescent Sealant on Crawley Town Hall

Bespoke Joinery Manufacturer uses Fire Door Foam and Intumescent Sealant on Crawley Town Hall

Fire & Acoustic Seals Ltd

WJL Contracts have been providing high-quality, bespoke joinery solutions to some of the largest contractors in UK construction for over forty years. Known for their expertise and design flair, their fire-rated doorsets and panels have been installed in prestigious building projects spanning the education, entertainment, and commercial sectors. They also offer a full installation service which ensures that their fire-rated and acoustic products are installed competently, setting them apart from a lot of other joinery manufacturers. One of these projects was for Crawley Town Hall in West Sussex on behalf of Kier construction. They successfully delivered bespoke joinery and acoustic panelling doors, an elliptical ceiling, a feature wall, mirrors and kitchenettes. The team overcame significant challenges to hit the deadline including managing the installation of 2700 large 2.7m doors.Fire and Acoustic Seals Fire Door FoamTM and Intumescent Acrylic Sealant were used to install all fire-rated doorsets to guarantee their compliance. Joel Mayer, Buyer & Commercial Manager at WJL comments“We’ve been using Fire and Acoustic Seals’ own-label Fire Door FoamTM and Intumescent Acrylic Sealant on our large construction projects for many years. Our team particularly like the Fire Door FoamTM because they think the quality is excellent compared to others on the market, it’s quick and easy to install and it’s backed up by specific fire door test evidence.We also love the service we get from the team at Fire and Acoustic Seals which is why we’ve continued to work with them for over a decade. They’re incredibly reliable and have a fast turnaround service which ensures our onsite team are never without the products they need when they need them. This is really important to us as we are constantly working to tight deadlines.” For more details about this and other WJL projects visit https://wjlcontracts.co.uk/portfolioContact our team for more information about Fire Door FoamTM and Intumescent Acrylic Sealant.0121 521 2179 | sales@fireandacousticseals.co.uk 
Dorma Variflex Manual Acoustic moveable wall at
Paddington Works Co-working auditorium creates flexible space

Dorma Variflex Manual Acoustic moveable wall at Paddington Works Co-working auditorium creates flexible space

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

Paddington Works is an innovative space in central London, offering members a variety of stimulating environments in which to carry out their work, hold meetings and run events. With space flexibility an essential ingredient of the design, Style was contracted to install a Dorma Hüppe Variflex moveable wall, maximising acoustic privacy by effectively separating the main auditorium from other work areas. The Variflex range, available exclusively in the UK through partitioning experts Style, offers considerable adaptability to suit almost any location and includes a wide choice of panel sizes and finishes, parking arrangements, as well as acoustic performance ratings.
Good acoustics for Art and Design

Good acoustics for Art and Design

Troldtekt A/S

Bedales School is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Its new Art and Design building designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has a strong sense of countryside drawing references from traditional agricultural buildings by creating a series of connected barn forms. Their dramatic pitched ceilings comprise Troldtekt acoustic panels on one side to absorb sound and improve acoustics.In what is otherwise a lightweight building, the thermal mass of exposed concrete surfaces contributes to a stable internal temperature.
Wood slat wall in office refurb with MicroSlat

Wood slat wall in office refurb with MicroSlat

Vtec Group

The company needed a slat wood wall in an office refit. MicroSlat - a lightweight, modular solution that's easy to install and provides acoustic absorption - was chosen in a bespoke Sand Ash finish. The 2.75m standard panel height is taller than other panels on the market and provides increased floor to ceiling coverage.
THE IMPACT OF GOOD ACOUSTICS

THE IMPACT OF GOOD ACOUSTICS

Troldtekt A/S

Light, air, acoustics and spatial organisation are well recognised as essential elements when designers work on medical and healing facilities. This is because they have an impact on the treatment of body and mind. Now a wealth of information is available from Troldtekt, a leading developer and manufacturer of acoustic ceiling and wall solutions. This is available in an online series of articles which focuses on visions and practices opportunities and pitfalls within healing architecture. Interestingly, the internationally acknowledged MIPIM Awards have in recent years started celebrating outstanding healthcare design. The award is an acknowledgement of the role architecture plays in healing and treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. The UK’s recent Mental Health Awareness Week also reinforces the severity of the issues around mental health.Right design is especially critical for people suffering from mental illness or feeling unwell. According to Swedish architects White Arkitekter, a good example is their design for the Ostra Hospital psychiatric facility where traditional conventions have been replaced by an open and unrestricted environment characterised by tranquillity and light. The area is also not isolated from the rest of the building. Another key aspect has been specifying superior acoustics, such as in the psychiatric ward in their design for the Södra Älvsborg Hospital in Borås. Recently shortlisted for the European Healthcare Design 2021 Awards in the Mental Health Design category, their starting point was that the architecture must cater for people’s need to feel safe and to improve their well-being. In designing the interior, the emphasis has always been on soft, round shapes (no sharp edges), while the colours strike a balance between providing stimulating sensory impressions and instilling a sense of calm. They say that the choice of materials, such as wood, also plays a key role because it adds warmth and naturalness. “Sound is an environmental factor that we’re very careful to incorporate correctly in psychiatric buildings,” explains White architect Peter Johnstone. “Creating subdued and comfortable acoustics helps to counteract stress and anxiety that can otherwise be triggered by a noisy environment. Apart from Sweden, international research shows that the therapeutic environment can be crucial to the treatment of mental disorders. In fact, research from Chalmers University of Technology proves that the right interior design, including perfect acoustics, can reduce both the use of physical restraint on psychiatric wards as well as the number of sick days among employees.Founded on the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept, Troldtekt’s natural and inherently sustainable panels are available in a variety of different surfaces and colours and contribute positively to a building’s BREEAM, DGNB and LEED ratings. In addition to their high sound absorption and tactile surface, they offer high durability and low cost lifecycle performance. Available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme fine to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Samples, case studies and technical guidance are available from tel 01978 664255 or Troldtekt.co.uk while the theme can be found at https://www.troldtekt.com/news/themes/healing-architecture
School achieves aesthetic fire performance with MEDITE PREMIER FR

School achieves aesthetic fire performance with MEDITE PREMIER FR

MEDITE SMARTPLY

A state-of-the-art sports and learning centre in Cambridge features a dramatic space-defining acoustic based on the use of MEDITE PREMIER FR fire rated panels from MEDITE SMARTPLY.

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