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New church praises acoustic solution

The congregation at a brand new church in Belfast is reaping the rewards of an acoustic ceiling solution from Saint-Gobain Ecophon.

The new Christ the Redeemer Church in Lagmore was completed in August 2011. Ecophon, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, worked closely with Gerry Loughrey Architects, to ensure that a space characterised by lots of hard surfaces, would perform well acoustically. Traditionally, church buildings suffer from high reverberation and lots of echo, so it was important to find an acoustic solution that would limit these factors.

Ecophon’s Focus Ds acoustic ceiling tiles and Texona wall panels were installed in the church to provide Class A sound absorption to help reduce the reverberation time. The Focus Ds tiles were used in the pyramid-shaped roof which peaks at more than 7 metres high, while the wall panels were installed at a lower height.

Alan Crampton, Ecophon’s regional manager for Ireland, said: ‘The pyramid shape of the roof meant that the installation was challenging for Contract Ceilings and required the tiles to be fitted into a pentagonal shape at an angle. The ceiling height was also a factor as well as the bulkheads which are at regular intervals all the way up.

‘Roy Young from our technical department was present during the installation to help ensure things ran smoothly and advise on the best possible way to achieve a seamless finish. The result is not only a ceiling that creates a sound acoustic environment, but also gives a clean and contemporary finish.’    

Gerry White, architect from Gerry Loughrey Architects, said: ‘We worked very closely with Alan and the technical team at Ecophon to ensure the ceiling was fit for purpose. It took six weeks for the tiles to be installed and the finished result is not only very striking aesthetically but importantly, creates a great sound environment for the congregation to enjoy.’   

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