Five Uses for Acoustics

Echoes, reverberation, and unwanted ambient noise – these are just a few symptoms of poor acoustics, which can lead to an uncomfortable atmosphere for anybody using the space. Many buildings and rooms can benefit from improved acoustics, from public to private spaces, from workplaces to dining and leisure facilities. Here are five spaces which often require acoustic solutions.


Restaurants

Have you ever been in a restaurant and can't hear the person sat across from you? Is the ambience of the room ruined by people shouting over each other in a desperate plea to be heard? Poor acoustics create uncomfortable dining experiences for customers who want to relax and enjoy a meal in peace – especially in busy establishments.

An acoustic solution will improve the ambience of your restaurant, and provide a more relaxed dining experience for your customers. Click below to find out how we helped solve acoustic problems in Heston Blumenthal's restaurant "Dinner", for a more comfortable dining experience at the Mandarin Oriental.


Offices

Poor acoustics can lead to staff constantly distracted from conversations, phone calls, and other unwanted ambient noise. With open plan offices becoming increasingly popular, people can often end up fighting to be heard.

A well-designed acoustic solution will lead to more concentration, higher productivity and, most importantly, a more enjoyable working environment. We provided acoustic solutions to some of the open office and reception areas to the government's new office facility in Canary Wharf in London, which houses over 5,000 civil and public servants. Click below for more information on the project.


Dining Halls & Traditional Architecture

Grand, old dining halls make up some of the most beautiful UK buildings, boasting traditional architecture, high ceilings, and beautiful oak beams. Unfortunately, these designs, although beautiful, often have poor acoustics. Reverberation, echoes and other unwanted ambient noise are prevalent, and augmented by the high ceilings and hard services.

Our team have worked on several Dining Halls, including the beautiful Trinity Hall at Cambridge University. Our bespoke acoustic solution kept the original aesthetics and features of the historic hall, including the original oak beams, while improving sound quality and comfort. Click below for more information on our project at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


Swimming Pools & Spas

Swimming pools and spas should be comforting environments, either providing a focused workout, or a space to relax and unwind. However, because these spaces are often dominated by hard materials, such as tiles and concrete blocks, acoustic problems are incredibly common. We've all been to a swimming pool and experienced echoes and reverberation problems. A popular product for solving these issues is the Rockfon Mono Acoustic TE, because of its great humidity resistance.

We installed acoustic solutions to the swimming pool and spa areas of the Bvlgari Hotel, Knightsbridge, helping to minimise reverberation and echo within the areas. Click below to find out more about our project in the Bvlgari Hotel.


Shopping Centres

Shopping centres can see some of the highest public traffic of any public access building. A wide range of people go to shop, relax, dine, and enjoy leisure time at these venues all across the UK. Poor acoustics can lead to an uncomfortable experience for shoppers, who may not be able to relax or enjoy conversation due to reverberation, echoes, and unwanted ambient noise.

SCS North contacted Pacy & Wheatley Acoustics to help with the design and delivery of an acoustic plaster solution to provide acoustic solutions to the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds. Now an award-winning shopping centre, our acoustic solutions keep the stunning architecture while creating an acoustically healthy environment in the centre. Click below to read more about our involvement in the award-winning shopping centre design.

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