Heradesign’s acoustic control reaches new heights


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City of Glasgow College opened the doors to its new £228 million city centre Riverside Campus this autumn. The campus houses teaching accommodation for the Nautical and Engineering departments and a new halls of residence for the College. Heradesign from Knauf AMF is installed in the state-of-the art Engineering Hall. This large expanse includes lathe workshops, welding areas and a dedicated working ships engine room. Heradesign ceiling panels were chosen because they comply with Building Regulation BB93: acoustic design of schools and provide outstanding acoustic control in this potentially noisy space.

The Engineering Hall is a multi-functional environment with machinery operating and a number of tutorials taking place at the same time. The hall could be a difficult area in which to control disruptive noise, but because Heradesign panels provide Class A sound absorption they help control the ambient sound level, reduce reverberation and increase speech intelligibility. This helps create a productive learning environment for both lecturers and students.

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Michael Laird Architects (MLA) and Reiach and Hall Architects designed and delivered the campus project.  Adam Frickleton Associate Director at MLA was also attracted to Heradesign for its aesthetic qualities: “The Engineering Hall is an industrial space where raw and robust materials have been left exposed. We felt that the material quality of the Heradesign wood-wool range aligned with the intended design finish.”

Heradesign is manufactured from sustainably sourced wood-wool and has a naturally textured woven surface. The panels are available in a choice of fibres ranging from 1-3mm thick, and in a number of different sizes and edge details. Adam Frickleton specified Heradesign in light grey to fit the intended design aesthetic for the hall. Heradesign is a versatile product, its surface can be colour matched to a wide range of custom colours from popular systems such as RAL, NCS or StoColor.

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In the Engineering Hall, the ceiling is fitted above the lighting and ventilation system to give the roof area a utilitarian look. Heradesign can also incorporate ventilation and lighting in the same installation to reduce visual clutter.  All Knauf AMF ceilings are fully demountable making access and maintenance to the services in the void quick and simple.

Heradesign is ideal for educational buildings because the panels offer long-lasting durability, have high impact resistance and provide excellent fire safety.

If you’re working on an educational project, Knauf AMF can provide assistance on how to ensure your building complies with the Building Regulations for schools. Contact info@knaufamf.co.uk or visit www.amfceilings.co.uk/heradesign

Knauf AMF Ceilings Limited, 1 Swan Road, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham, SR8 2HS.
E-mail: info@knaufamf.co.uk.  Telephone: 0191 518 8600    web: www.amfceilings.co.uk

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