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Ecophon - Quiet please!

The Gulbenkian Theatre, Cinema and Café Bar, based on the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent, is a popular meeting place for students, staff and the general public.

Although it’s a relatively new building, the busy café and box office area was suffering severe acoustic issues due to the large amount of reflective surfaces making it a very noisy place.

Ecophon assessed the acoustic dynamics of the café and box office area using its Room Acoustic ComfortTM concept to evaluate the room and the activities that take place within it, to create the perfect acoustic balance.

Neil Collins of Ecophon states Master Solo acoustic ceiling tiles were the perfect solution for this project. We decided to create a suspended ceiling made from 28 individual 1200mm diameter circles fitted throughout the café area and this was the first time it had been done in the UK using Master Solo tiles. It’s a very unique design and fits the area perfectly.’

In addition to the suspended acoustic circles, Ecophon Master F was also fitted directly to the existing plasterboard ceiling in the box office area for extra sound absorption.

Pam Hardiman, Deputy director, Gulbenkian Theatre explains the impact the new acoustic ceiling has had: In addressing the room acoustics, we’ve been able to create a calm atmosphere for our staff and our customers that they can enjoy to a much greater extent. The difference is instantly noticeable, it’s so much quieter now even when it’s busy – it feels as if we’ve laid carpet throughout when clearly we haven’t!’

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