ACOUSTIC PANELS | TOP 5
Sunday, May 05th, 2013  | posted by

There are many acoustic panels now available to combat the problem high reverberation or echo in rooms with hard surfaces. We would like to put forward our thoughts on the top 5 acoustic panel systems available to the UK market.

 

We talk impartially and from experience, having used many different acoustic wall panels systems, either specified on projects or used in our own design schemes. This small list takes into account a number of factors including ‘effectiveness’ (most important, we believe), aesthetics, ease of installation, durability and supporting test data.

 

1. ECOPHON ‘VISTA’ WALL PANEL C

Ecophon 'Wall Panel C' - Class A

Ecophon 'Wall Panel C' - Class A sound absorbing acoustic panels in Texona glass fibre fabric

When it comes to reducing room reverberation, this class A sound absorbing wall panelling system is incredibly effective. The result of installing this panelling system to echoing rooms is quite amazing. It is the first product we recommend for highly reverberant areas, it looks great, its aesthetically versatile, suiting all spaces from high-end boardroom environments to noisy school canteens. The Texona fabric range is fashionable and timeless.

 

2. FABRIC WALL

Fabric Wall Panelling

Stretched Fabric Wall | Wall to wall fabric wall panelling

This system achieves the highest possible marks for aesthetics and the look and feel of high quality. In terms of flexibility there is nothing that cannot be achieved. This system is site built by specialist installers. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall stretched fabric with a huge range of hidden track profiles. Very high levels of sound absorbency can be achieved with the right core thickness and fabrics. Certainly not the cheapest option, but with fabrics from Camira to Kvadrat to Paul Smith the design possibilities are endless and beautiful sound control can be achieved.

 

3. CUSTOM PRINTED ACOUSTIC PANELS

Printed Acoustic Panels

Custom Printed Acoustic Panels

We have now overcome the old issues of reduced acoustic performance and fabric printing quality problems. It is now possible to produce over sized acoustic panels with high resolution printing the fabric with stunning results. Class A sound absorbency can be achieved and we believe this solution should be seriously considered by anyone looking for ‘office art’ or intelligent ways of branding receptions, atria, common parts, restaurants and canteens. It combines acoustic benefits, with high quality art, branding or marketing.

 

4. OFFECCT SOUNDWAVE

OFFECCT SOUNDWAVE

Offecct Soundwave Acoustic Wall Panels

Offecct Soundwave panels are an excellent way of providing acoustic treatment to spaces by way of absorption and specifically diffusion. Although they are not as effective at reducing echo through sound absorbency as the Ecophon panels already mentioned above, they provide an excellent feature and texture and are available in many different textures and designs.

 

5. ECOPHON SUPER G

Ecopon Super G

Ecophon Super G Impact Resistant Wall Panels

Ecophon Super G panels are a surprisingly versatile solution where durability and impact resistancy is required. They are an attractive way of treating environments such as sports halls, leisure centres and gymnasiums. The woven Super G glass-fibre surface is extremely durable, with the panels achieving Class A absorbency.

 

For more information on the above acoustic wall panel systems, contact ReSpace Acoustics. Who provide a complete assessment, design and installation service.

Sports Hall Acoustics | Hotham Primary School
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012  | posted by

Hotham Primary School contacted Respace Acoustics for an acoustic solution to their sports hall, with added custom design.

 

Hotham Primary School in Putney teaches ages 4-11. The sports hall is always in regular use for a number of activities. However, the rooms acoustics were very poor due to the high reverberation time. This caused constant speech and noise echo which made the hall a very difficult area for both teachers and pupils to play and learn in.

 

Printed Acoustic Wall Panels

 

Respace Acoustics installed impact resistant acoustic wall panels to reduce the reverberation time and lower the speech and sound echo to a comfortable level. The wall panels are impact resistant so hard ball games can still be played with no effect or damage to the panels.

 

Acoustic Artwork - Acoustic Panels

 

As shown in the above photo, not only were the wall panels acoustically beneficial and fully impact resistant, they were also custom designed and tailored to the school requirements. Using the colors red, yellow, white an blue, the acoustic artwork provided a modern, funky, attractive design to the room.

 

Custom Printed Acoustic Wall Panels

 

Through the successful installation the sports hall can now be used for other activities as the custom acoustic panels have achieved a maximum sports hall acoustics solution. The hall is now used for teaching, assemblies, exams and plays. The room has become a perfect listening environment and clarity of sound has been achieved.

 

 


Printed Acoustic Panels | Intela
Friday, February 10th, 2012  | posted by

Intela contacted Respace Acoustics for an acoustic solution for their video conference meeting room.

 

Intela had extremely poor acoustics in their video conference room. This was due to minimal sound absorbing materials and a myriad of hard surfaces. With the sound reverberation high, it was very difficult to have video conference meetings  at all.

 

Printed Acoustic Panels

 

Respace Acoustics provided a bespoke acoustic solution for the video conference room through the installation of custom printed acoustic panels. This lowered the reverberation time within the room massively and created a sound sonic, comfortable environment for video conferencing to take place.

 

Not only were the acoustic panels beneficial acoustically, they also gave the room  light, enthusiasm and design through acoustic artwork and printed design.

 

The project was a success and the customers, very happy with the custom acoustic end result.

 


Printed Acoustic Panels | Tesco HQ
Thursday, February 09th, 2012  | posted by

Respace Acoustics were asked to create a bespoke acoustic solution for the headquarters of Tesco Supermarket, whilst also delivering brand, design and colour.

 

The Tesco headquarters office had very poor acoustics. It was a very noisy and uncomfortable environment for the employees to work in. The sound reverberation was high causing a lot of speech and general noise echo.

 

Printed Acoustic Panels

 

ReSpace Acoustics provided an acoustic solution through the installation of printed acoustic panels. They were put up around the office and corridor areas. This reduced the echo and reverberation time for employees sitting at a desk or walking around the office. The panels also had the added benefit of acoustic art, color and design.

Printed Acoustic Panels

The printed custom acoustic panels created extra branding, enthusiasm and positive energy around the office area through a display of images that directly influenced the teams within the office. The stretched fabric acoustic design benefited the office massively not only through design but by creating a comfortable atmosphere for the employees to work in.

Printed Acoustic Panels

 

The installation was a complete success. Respace Acoustics exceeded the requirements of this customer by making the office not only a sound sonic area but a influential, colorful, modern working environment.

 


 

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