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Ecophon - Acoustics are top of the class at Southport college

A college in Southport is reaping the rewards of an acoustic ceiling solution from Ecophon, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain.

As part of a refurbishment at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at King George V College, it now boasts an unusual configuration of Ecophon’s Solo™ and Solo™ Freedom acoustic ceiling rafts which have helped to improve the acoustic environment.

Using the circular ceiling light in middle of the room as a focal point, a circular shaped Solo Freedom acoustic raft is hung from the ceiling and downstands directly under it. Three lengths of Solo raft, measuring 19.5m, then run down the centre of the ceiling on either side with strip lighting in between.

Lindsay Beck, regional sales manager for Ecophon, says: “When discussing the requirements with AA Projects, it was clear that our Solo rafts were ideal because they provide good sound absorption and give flexibility to create the different shapes. They were also the most cost-effective solution and helped to create a striking and unique finish.”

Andrew Gibson, the lead designer on the project from AA Projects, said: “Due to the layout of the ceiling and the number of services, we weren’t able to install a traditional suspended ceiling. Ecophon’s rafts allowed us to be creative with the design while still maintaining high acoustic standards.”

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