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Acoustic Solutions

Acoustic Solutions

Our understanding of how people function in the open plan office has evolved over the last 20 years. In particular, much research has been conducted regarding the effect of the acoustics in the workplace and how this influences productivity and wellbeing.

Our range of products has been selected with this in mind. It includes solutions for the control of reverberation, reduction of speech level, and even systems which introduce ‘good’ sound into a space to reduce distractions.

Studies have shown measured physical symptoms of stress and quantifiable loss of productivity when people are exposed to an uncomfortable acoustic environment. In addition, employees’ own perceptions of satisfaction and wellbeing have been shown to be negatively affected. Previously when it came to solving acoustic problems and improving the environment, the focus was on lowering noise levels however, it was soon discovered that this alone was ineffective and in many cases made the situation worse.

In recent years, it has become apparent that acoustic comfort in work environments is not only to do with noise levels but is also dependent on the degree to which we can clearly understand speech. The clearer or more intelligible speech is, the greater its potential to cause distraction. Conversely, the more muffled or less intelligible speech is, the less likely it is to be distracting to listeners and the more acoustic privacy is afforded to the speakers.

In spaces where we wish to communicate with each other and be heard clearly, such as a meeting room or brainstorming area, the degree of speech intelligibility should be high between conversational partners. In these areas, sound should travel efficiently between the speaker and the listener. However, in zones where focus is required, without interruption from others, clearly understood speech arising from nearby areas is distracting. In these zones, it is therefore desirable to have a lower level of speech intelligibility. In confidential meeting spaces, it is important to achieve the best of both worlds – an area in which conversational partners can be understood by each other, but not by passers-by.

In these areas, it is essential to understand that speech privacy is not the same as inaudibility, but rather that the intelligibility of speech is reduced to a level at which it can no longer be understood.

The different working styles of individuals must also be taken into account, as well as the tasks they are carrying out. Repetitive tasks such as stapling and filing may be best performed in a livelier area of the office, whereas tasks requiring complex calculation and memory would typically best be performed in a space with fewer distractions, both visual and auditory. It would seem, therefore, that good acoustic design for workspaces is not a case of ‘one size fits all’, nor is it as simple as ‘caves-and-commons’ but rather the inclusion of a range of areas with appropriate acoustics to their function, that is, varying levels of background noise and speech intelligibility.

Products

Our range of products has been selected with this in mind. It includes solutions for the control of reverberation, reduction of speech level, and even systems which introduce ‘good’ sound into a space to reduce distractions. Used in various combinations, these products will improve the quality of the acoustic environment, allowing staff to be more productive and increasing worker satisfaction and wellbeing.

Advice and assessments

Choosing the correct acoustic solution requires expertise; it is important to consider the complete environment. Our independent acousticians are available to offer advice or conduct on-site acoustic assessments.

Fabricks

Fabricks

Fabricks are super acoustic bricks made from acoustic foam and wool fabric, designed to look fabulous, divide space and reduce noise. Quickly configured and reconfigured, Fabricks offer the flexibility to change spaces in the modern open plan workplace by creating walls for meeting spaces and individual work areas; the dynamic of a space and even the location of power can be altered in moments.

With great acoustic credentials, Fabricks combats the increased noise levels and visual distractions that lead to reduced productivity. Fabricks are tested to ISO 10053 and BS EN ISO 354:2003 achieving Class A sound absorption and fantastic sound attenuation results.

Fabricks is a modular system of extremely light weight bricks, a simple steel base and extruded aluminium posts; it is easy to specify and easy to build. The ‘house brick’ style gives interlocking rigidity to the design. The extruded aluminium posts also accommodate power and data cables and can be combined retrospectively to alter the height of walls.

Walls can be created with traditional 2D flat face bricks, or 3D sculptured face, offering a beautiful textured finish. The fabric colour options and pixelated nature of the bricks allow you to match decor, or even create pictures, logos or messages.

Fabricks’ offers great acoustic and visual privacy without building permanent floor to ceiling rooms, so expensive mechanical reconfigurations can be avoided and air will flow across the
open plan area. Everything has been designed for simple, quick installation and reconfiguration. 


Whether you are designing for workplace, hotel, education or leisure environments, Fabricks can divide spaces to help reduce noise and visual distraction; it’s also the perfect flexible, colourful, quick-build wall system for exhibition stands!

What the experts say…
Fabricks is unique in its versatility and performance. As a class A absorber it can be used effectively for the control of reverberation within a space, however, it is also an effective screen against noise and has good sound attenuation properties, which means it can be used to improve both speech and visual privacy. Due to its easily reconfigurable nature, the acoustician or user can adjust the size and shape of Fabricks to create spaces of different levels of acoustic privacy. To get the most out of the product, it is best installed in an area where there is a highly absorbent acoustic ceiling and appropriate levels of ambient noise.

2D flat face and 3D sculptured face lightweight bricks 3 different lengths (300mm, 600mm or 1200mm) 2 different heights (200mm or 400mm) 90° corner bricks Typical configurations 1600mm, 1800mm or 2000mm high Over 30 standard colours to from Camira blazer lite Extruded aluminium posts with ability to house power & data cables Standard post heights can be combined easily (e.g., 600mm post + 1800mm post = 2400mm high wall) Steel base Tested to ISO 10053 and BS EN ISO 354:2003   Price is Base upon the 2D 300 x130 x 200 Brick

£52.00 ex. VAT More info

Baffle

Baffle

Baffle is a patented system designed to hang Snowsound® sound absorbing panels from the ceiling, showcasing its lightness and elegance. The adjustable height of the cables and the array of sizes and colours available make it possible to achieve compositions that can be personalised for aesthetics and sound. The patented joining system of the panel to the cables is completely invisible; a small cylindrical joint hides the anchoring system inside. The Baffle anchors can be positioned along the upper edge of the panel, without particular limitations of space between the cables, in order to simplify ceiling installation.

‘A name and a function: a cascade of ceiling panels suspended from fine cables, magically anchored to the tops of the panels. Baffle creates a powerful sound-absorbing barrier in an outwardly random, delightful architecture. The design is reminiscent of the classic image of laundry hanging on lines between houses .’ Marc Sadler

Part of the Snowsound acoustic collection Baffle ceiling fixed acoustic panel options Frameless design avoids potentially sound reflecting surfaces Same acoustic qualities on both sides Multiple international Awards Class A sound absorption Blocking performance independently tested Independently tested Tested to UNI EN ISO 10534-2, UNI EN ISO354, ISO 10053 Top international designers CE mark for ceiling fixings (accordance with BS EN 13964) 100% recyclable Greenguard Gold certification contributes to LEED building rating system No formaldehyde content and tested to BS EN ISO 12460-3 Absence of airspaces or cavity and seamless surface significantly decreases accumulation of dirt, pollen or insect infestation Tested to ISO 9142 to stimulate extreme conditions of temperature and humidity to ensure continued acoustic performance in all environments Strong, thin and light     Price quoted is for the 590mm x 390mm ceiling tile.

£130.50 ex. VAT More info

Flap

Flap

Flap panels have a rear chromed steel plate connected by an articulated spherical hinge to a chromed steel arm that can be mounted directly to the wall or to a ceiling. The hinges allow the panel to rotate 360° and incline in any direction, in order to personalise the aesthetic aspects and the acoustic performance of the product.

Part of the Snowsound acoustic collection Flap offers wall, ceiling and freestanding options Back lighting available for wall units Frameless design avoids potentially sound reflecting surfaces Same acoustic qualities on both sides Multiple international Awards Class A sound absorption Blocking performance independently tested Independently tested Tested to UNI EN ISO 10534-2, UNI EN ISO354, ISO 10053 Top international designers CE mark for ceiling fixings ( accordance with BS EN 13964) 100% recyclable Greenguard Gold certification contributes to LEED building rating system No formaldehyde content and tested to BS EN ISO 12460-3 Absence of airspaces or cavity and seamless surface significantly decreases accumulation of dirt, pollen or insect infestation Tested to ISO 9142 to stimulate extreme conditions of temperature and humidity to ensure continued acoustic performance in all environments

£105.00 ex. VAT More info

Mitesco 7m1008

Mitesco 7m1008

The Mitesco sound absorbing panel has two supports that allow it to be anchored to walls or to steel supports which keep the panel detached from the wall, so as to optimise the acoustic performance. Mitesco sound absorbing panels can be held in place by nails or screws anchored to walls.

Frameless design avoids potentially sound reflecting surfaces Same acoustic qualities on both sides Multiple international Awards Class A sound absorption Blocking performance independently tested Independently tested Tested to UNI EN ISO 10534-2, UNI EN ISO354, ISO 10053 Top international designers CE mark for ceiling fixings (accordance with BS EN 13964) 100% recyclable Greenguard Gold certification contributes to LEED building rating system No formaldehyde content and tested to BS EN ISO 12460-3 Absence of airspaces or cavity and seamless surface significantly decreases accumulation of dirt, pollen or insect infestation Tested to ISO 9142 to stimulate extreme conditions of temperature and humidity to ensure continued acoustic performance in all environments Strong, thin and light

The 7m 1008-0001 is 75cm long x 44cm wide but is also available 119cm and 159cm in length, in addition to the other lengths the panela are also available in 12 alternative colours.

£149.00 ex. VAT More info

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