Located in central Auckland; BQH Quantity Surveyors occupy an industrial style office featuring high ceilings, wooden floorboards and exposed brick walls. Though modern and aesthetically pleasing; these highly reflective surfaces can cause acoustic chaos if no reverberation treatment is implemented.
BQH staff had become aware of the noise reverberation issues in the office - particularly in their meeting rooms - and found that after long meetings they felt distracted, tired and worn out. The large meeting room features glass and exposed brick linings, while the small meeting room has solid concrete walls and ceilings – all highly reflective surfaces that are prone to create echo.
Working alongside Autex Account Manager Dani Robinson, BQH Director Patrick Hanlon and Quantity Surveyor Thomas Oosterhof sought out a high-performing yet cost-effective acoustic treatment for the two meeting rooms. Lattice acoustic baffles were ideal as they require minimal installation time while providing a high-performing yet cost-effective acoustic solution.
Two Trapezium style Lattice in mixed colours Empire and Flatiron were suspended end on end from the ceiling, adding a sophisticated and functional feature to the large meeting room. For increased acoustic absorption, two aluminium trimmed Quietspace® Panels laminated in Charcoal and Silver coloured Vertiface® decorative fabric were direct fixed along the length of the meeting room wall.
The smaller meeting room was more difficult to treat due to insufficient wall and ceiling space. Circular in shape and small in size, one Torus style Lattice was the ideal acoustic solution to complement and improve the exiting space. Suspended directly above the meeting table, the Ironbank coloured Torus would provide acoustic shelter for smaller, intimate meetings.
BQH are over the moon with the results saying they immediately noticed the difference; meetings in the large meeting room have become a lot more bearable and efficient. Patrick had a two hour meeting in the large room recently – something he would normally dread – and said it went “really well”. As for the small meeting room, a significant difference was made to noise reverberation levels, making it suitable for small meetings intimate meetings with 2-3 people.
Post installation, the acoustic applications are preforming so well that staff have starting noticing that other areas of the office would benefit from acoustic treatment.
Lattice is a modern and distinctive approach to sustainable acoustic control. Light-weight and easy to install; Lattice provides a unique suspended acoustic feature - perfect for retrofit projects or where ceiling space is an issue.
Quietspace® Panel is a light-weight, semi-rigid acoustic panel that boasts exceptional acoustic absorption properties and is incredibly durable. The addition of a coloured Vertiface® laminate adds to the overall look of the Quietspace® Panel and transforms the application into an acoustic pinboard making it a popular option for educational environments, commercial offices and more.