As part of the terminal enhancements at George Best City Airport, Saint-Gobain Ecophon has helped design an acoustic ceiling solution to create a curved passageway that will lead passengers through the airport’s new retail, catering and lounge facilities.
BDP Belfast’s design team specified Ecophon Master Solo free-hanging units to create a sweeping curve with panels of different sizes in the retail area. By using Master Solo, the design team was able to achieve high levels of sound absorption and a striking aesthetic look with a system that would also hide the extensive range of services above.
Master Solo is based on a single sound-absorbing panel, available in different designs and sizes, which can be simply and discreetly suspended from the ceiling either individually, together or at different levels, using adjustable wire hangers.
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Alan Crampton, Regional Manager for Ireland at Ecophon, explains; “The ceiling design required a product that was able to handle the complexity of the curved plan shape along with the capability to achieve an economic and efficient installation with future access to services above the ceiling. The BDP design team wanted the ceiling to visually balance with the curved floor so that the two ‘planes’ appeared to float unobstructed around the curved edge of the passage way.
“We’re really pleased with the end result and Paddy Gallagher did a great job with the installation of 248 Master Solo panels that had to be fitted using the least amount of sizes and cuts possible.”
Conor McConville, Capital Projects at Belfast City Airport, says; ‘Belfast City Airport are very pleased with the feature ceiling created using Ecophon panels. With so much depending on the smooth running of an airport, access to services above ceilings is often required at very short notice. The Ecophon ceiling allows this while giving a sleek, contemporary look’.