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Pioneering physiotherapy unit benefits from sound design

Children being treated at a brand new state-of-the-art rehabilitation and physiotherapy unit at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital are set to benefit from an acoustic ceiling solution from Saint-Gobain Ecophon.

The 4,000 sq ft unit, which was officially opened by cricket legend Andrew Flintoff and his wife Rachael, was funded by The AF Foundation, a charity set up by the couple.

As part of a complete redesign and refurbishment project, Ecophon’s Focus Ds acoustic ceiling tiles and integrated DOT lighting system have been installed throughout. As one of the most cutting edge units of its kind in the UK, it will treat children from birth to 18 for all their physiotherapy needs.

Lindsay Beck, area sales manager for Ecophon, said: ‘To create the ideal sound environment, we applied our Room Acoustic Comfort™ technique to ensure patients in the unit will be exposed to the best possible conditions to aide their recovery. Research has shown that sound and lighting levels can have a positive effect on the wellbeing of both staff and patients, if the right balance is achieved.

‘Working closely with Mersey Design Architects, we were able to offer a ceiling system that not only improved the acoustic environment, but also complimented the overall contemporary style of the unit as designed by The AF Foundation brand director, Mark Wools. In any hospital environment, it’s also essential that all surfaces can withstand vigorous, regular cleaning and the Akutex FT coating on the tiles will provide protection against this.’

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