Acoustics In Historical Buildings

Posted on 23 May 2019

Pacy & Wheatley Acoustics can take pride in having almost two decades of sound experience in ambient noise control and management, working with specialist plaster manufacturers to deliver seamless acoustic solutions.

Handsomely-sized, historical building interiors can become unfortunate victims of poor acoustics, leading to visitors' reviews of the stunning architecture being reduced to whispers for concern of their voices being amplified and echoed. The ambience of such a stunning backdrop can be severely compromised through intense reverberation.

For a recent project, the Pacy & Wheatley Acoustics Team worked with contractor Wooldridge and Simpson to successfully restore the ambience and timeless beauty of St. Peter's College dining hall in Hannington Hall. Located in the heart of Oxford city centre, the 200-year-old Hannington Hall is one of the earliest halls of the University of Oxford, and derives its name from the missionary Victorian bishop, James Hannington.

The 19th-century hall is constructed with a statuesque arched ceiling, with mouldings forming curved bays. The task of the architect was to carefully design new ceiling baffles with our assistance and scientific knowledge of sound quality improvement. High-quality Rockfon Mono acoustic with specifically matched coloured render was used for the ceiling baffles and upstands so as not to compromise the dining hall's existing 19th-century architecture, and LED lighting was strategically integrated to the perimeter to provide subtle lighting for its 130 diners. The non-combustible stone wool acoustic panels of Rockfon Mono Acoustic guarantee fire protection and sound absorption, ideal for hosting the perfect dinner or banquet in luxury and comfort.

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    Old Boy

    Dimensions & weight

    3mm: 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E1477-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.75-0.80 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,85 (class B) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.80-0.90 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0.90-0,95 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Straight Up

    Dimensions & weight

    25 mm: 26 mm (1 1/32 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 2.78 kg/m² (9.11 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 40 mm (1 37/64 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.12 kg/m² (13.51 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    93% per ASTM E147-98A.

    Fire safety classification

    25 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84, A2 s1d0 per ISO EN-13501-1:2018

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Color selection

    Can be tinted in the entire NCS, RAL, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color scale.

    Environment

    25 mm-39 mm: 0 g/l (0,00 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.85-0.90 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0.85 (class B)-0.95 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.85-0.90 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,90 – 0.95 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Stone Greyhound

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm: 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl. adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl. adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E1477-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.45-0.60 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,50 (class D)-0,55 (class D) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.50-0.60 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,55 (class D) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Silk White

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    90,0% per ASTM E147-98A.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Color selection

    Can be tinted in the entire NCS, RAL, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color scale.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    3 mm: NRC 0.30 per ASTM C423, Alpha W 0.35 (class D).

    25 mm: NRC 0.81-0.85 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,85 (class B)-0,90 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.90 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,95 – 1,00 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Silk Metallic Gold

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.75-0.85 enl. ASTM C423. Alpha W 0.70 (class C)-0.85 (class B) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.80-0.85 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0.85 (class B) – 0.90 (class A) enl. ISO 354/ISO11654

    Secern

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl. adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E1477-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Color selection

    Can be tinted in the entire NCS, RAL, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color scale.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    3 mm: NRC 0.30 per ASTM C423.

    25 mm: NRC 0.75-0.80 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,80 (class B) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.85-0.90 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,95 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Sahara

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E1477-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Color selection

    Can be tinted in the entire NCS, RAL, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color scale.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    3 mm: NRC 0.30 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0.35 (class D)

    25 mm: NRC 0.70-0.80 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,75 (class C)-0,90 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.90-0.95 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,95 – 1,00 (class A) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    New England

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm: 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E147-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Color selection

    Can be tinted in the entire NCS, RAL, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color scale.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.74 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,80 (class B) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.75-80 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,80–85,00 (class B) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    Marble Hades

    Dimensions & weight

    3 mm: 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Weight (dry) 0.7 kg/m² (2,2 oz/ft²).

    25 mm: 28 mm (1,1 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl. adhesive/mech. fasteners) 3.55 kg/m² (11,6 oz/ft²).

    39 mm: 42 mm (1,65 inch) total construction height. Weight (dry, excl. adhesive/mech. fasteners) 4.7 kg/m² (15,4 oz/ft²).

    Installation

    3 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. On most absorbent surfaces, primer may sometimes be needed.

    25 mm-39 mm: Can be mounted on walls or ceilings. On flat or vaulted surfaces. Can be mounted with no gaps on existing ceilings or wall surfaces, suspended mounted on plasterboard or suspended directly from a track system.

    Light reflectance

    3 mm-39 mm: 90,0% per ASTM E1477-98a.

    Fire safety classification

    3 mm-39 mm: Class A per ASTM E84; B s1d0 per ISO EN 13823.

    Cleaning and repair

    Can be vacuumed. Spots can be removed with water and sponge. Damaged surfaces can be repaired.

    Environment

    3 mm-39 mm: 4 g/l (0,03 lbs/gal) VOC (emissions) per ASTM D3960, LEED.

    Climate

    Installation temperatures should be between 15 °C and 32 °C (60 °F and 90 °F) with humidity that does not exceed 70%. Tested for mold growth per ASTM D3273.

    Sound absorption

    25 mm: NRC 0.45-0.60 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,50 (class D)-0,55 (class D) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

    39 mm: NRC 0.50-0.60 per ASTM C423. Alpha W 0,55 (class D) per ISO 354/ISO11654.

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        Pacy & Wheatley Acoustics, one of the UK’s leading providers & installers of interior acoustic solutions, is looking for experienced Acoustic Installers & a Site Foreman to help deliver multiple projects in the South of England (London area) candidates location Yorkshire/ London.

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        • Experience of managing & directing a team of installers, preferable.
        • Experience in Reporting systems planning and dealing with Clients representatives.
        • Experience & knowledge in acoustic installations (acoustic panels & spray applied render) not essential but must be willing work and train on products.
        • Suitable skills include drylining, tape & jointing, plastering, plaster spraying and high specification decoration finishes.
        • CSCS, SSTS & IPAF cards required. (if some not available training offered)
        • General work is Monday – Friday (10-hour day)
        • Suitable applicants will be rewarded with high rates on a self-employed basis/employed.
        • Must be willing to travel and lodge.

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          Pacy & Wheatley Acoustics are looking for Experienced Operative/teams aswell as Operatives with no experience to assist installation of our Specialist sprayed seamless Acoustic ceilings.

          Experienced Operatives in application/site management of similar products in this area of sprayed acoustic systems are welcome and possible further opportunities to assist in development within the business.

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