Industrial/Warehouse Offices – How to get the best Sound from your Repurposed Space
May 14, 2018
One of the things we get called out for regularly is office work. Not the type of office work everyone else is used to of course! It’s a growing trend for businesses across the UK to inhabit repurposed spaces. Old warehouses, mills, factories etc. make for roomy and and often quite exciting looking offices, but these buildings do have their drawbacks. One of these is sound.
A York-based company who were working out of one of these spaces needed their meeting rooms treated and Floorscan was ready with a solution.
In formulating an effective sound-proofing measure, we had several focal points in mind. However, when we assessed the site, one problem presented itself as the key issue. The curved brickwork ceilings were creating the perfect environment for echo and reverberation.
Whilst this is great for live music, it can be a wholly distracting issue for a business meeting. At the same time, we didn’t want to dilute the rustic charm that these old buildings convey to visitors. Nor did we want to perform invasive acoustic “surgery” on buildings that have stood for over a century.
With this in mind, the most logical solution is attaching soundproof panels to the walls. This way we can break the “barrier of sound” being creating by the solid brickwork, without hiding it completely from sight and ruining the office’s aesthetic.
We specified Sonata Vario Panels to be attached to both the walls and the ceilings. We chose those Panels for a number of reasons. The high-quality components they’re made of make for quality soundproofing coverage, and they are designed to be used sporadically, not as a complete wall covering. Our favourite thing about them though, is they’re made with all necessary parts for installation and can attach to many environments.
An added benefit is that the panels can be designed and redesigned to suit the interior space it protects. This adds a discrete and fashionable element to the solution.
A real soundproofing engineer favourite, the Sonata Vario Panels feature a lightweight metal backing frame to the rear. This helps with precision alignment in installation, and versatility in application.
This rigid and robust product’s unique fixing method allows for the panel to be installed flush against a surface or, more usually, leaving an airspace behind.
Sonata Vario Panels, a high performance acoustic panel made from Basotect Acoustic Foam, an ingredient usually used in acoustically translucent covering fabrics.
Drills, screws and elbow grease!
In testing and previous projects, we have found that opting for the latter improves the acoustic performance greatly. We could then use less of them, with the same effectiveness and they could keep that beautiful brick-work in full(ish) view and their costs down.
- Using our own Floorscan Reverberation Time Calculation Graph, we worked out the exact number of panels required.
- We then designated the locations in which they would be most effective.
- Once the panel locations had been measured and marked onto the walls and ceilings, fixing holes were drilled and we secured the mounting brackets into place.
We are pleased to say that this modern office, within its rustic warehouse, is now playing host to productive and undisturbed meetings and sessions. It looks better than ever, and now features quality, balanced sound reverberation making sure those big ideas come across with gravitas and clarity.
At Floorscan, we believe in doing the job right, and not over-doing it. If you work out of a space like this or a listed building with similar issues, you may wonder how to strike a balance between retaining character and adding functionality. If so, you can contact Floorscan here for a free consultation.