Echo problem - Emlyn Hughes House offices
Echo control achieved with SonaSpray fc in Emlyn Hughes House four storey office building
Emlyn Hughes House was designed to provide drama both from the exterior and interior. The £2.9 million gateway project was intended to represent the history of the town by resembling a submarine, construction of which is the towns primary industry. The building was designed to a sustainable brief and has since been awarded a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certificate.
Bowker Sadler designed this project to give the occupants as much natural light as possible by building one face of the building almost entirely from glass. The buildings floors and ceilings are constructed from poured strengthened concrete slab, so combined with the glass walls and thin carpet tiles the interior had an echo problem that needed addressing.
The main contractor, Leck Construction was looking for a way in which it could not only solve the echo problems in an eco-friendly way, but also give the bare concrete ceilings an attractive finish without the need for plaster board, suspended ceilings or numerous different trades, increasing the build time and cost. Our SonaSpray fc was the perfect solution.
The top floor has a grand double height office that rises with a beautiful curved ceiling by two meters with a mezzanine floor at the higher end. It was essential to the architects that they did not compromise this internal design feature in spite of a potential echo problem.
Oscar Acoustics were employed to apply our recycled, environmentally friendly SonaSpray fc - an acoustic decorative finish in arctic white. This not only solved the echo problem in one application, but prevented the need for further decorating of the concrete slab soffit. Four large office spaces were transformed acoustically in only one week. The results were an attractive decorative acoustic finish, minimum disruption, costs and no more echo problems!
Project: Emlyn Hughes House (Gateway Project)
Architect: Bowker Sadler Partnership
Main Contractor: Leck Construction
Acoustics: Oscar Acoustics
Sound reverberation in new offices can be avoided by the application of SonaSpray fc decorative acoustic ceiling finish from Oscar Acoustics.
Echo problem article by D.Mack of Oscar Acoustics.