Ecophon, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, is highlighting the importance of acoustics in modern office environments with a new appointment to its UK team.
Nicky Shiers has joined Ecophon as Concept Developer for Modern Office after recently completing a three year PhD at London South Bank University on the acoustic design of hospital wards. Nicky completed her studies under the supervision of Professor Bridget Shield, a leading authority on acoustics who was also responsible for providing the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) with a comprehensive guide to office acoustics.
“Open plan offices often suffer from poor acoustics, creating a disruptive environment for workers,” says Nicky. “Recent studies continue to highlight disturbance and a lack of privacy as the main issues in open plan offices, suggesting that there has been little change in acoustic design over recent years. Also, as we move towards the creation of more energy efficient buildings and incorporate the use of more glazing and exposed concrete, providing adequate acoustic absorption in office spaces is becoming an even bigger challenge.”
Paul Lake, Managing Director at Ecophon, says: “We believe that good office acoustics are vital to the success of a workplace. In her new role, Nicky will be using her passion for acoustics to work alongside architects, designers and specifiers, encouraging them to consider acoustic design at the very early stages of a project.”
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