SAS International Ceiling Rafts And Acoustic Wall Panelling For Charity conference venue
24th July 2009
SAS International was chosen to provide bespoke architectural metalwork solutions for the headquarters of the independent health charity, The King’s Fund, Central London. Completed earlier this year, and working with Architects Panter Hudspith, ceiling rafts and acoustic wall panelling played a major part in maximising the available space and meeting acoustic targets.
As well as providing a facility for the work of the King’s Fund itself, the HQ operates as a venue for external meetings and conferences. Ceiling rafts incorporating acoustic absorption material, luminaires, diffusers and service troughs for conference AV equipment helped maximise the ceiling height, particularly above the stage area.
Wall panelling, incorporating a specially made bulkhead profile surround, was specified to provide additional acoustic treatment in the auditorium and adjoining lobby area.
Chris Simpson, Conference Services Manager, commented: “The Burdett Theatre exceeds the demands of our customers who needed larger space for their events. There has been a lot of design consideration of the acoustic values of the room including the walls, ceiling and flooring in order to provide the best environment for audio visual presentations.”
Ceiling tiles within the ceiling rafts feature a lift and tilt access system allowing easy access for service maintenance. In addition, a special circular collar to conceal the speaker casings was incorporated in the design of the rafts.
Wall panelling was also specified in other areas of the building to meet acoustic requirements. The panelling, which is made of metal, is also used as magnetic ‘pinboards’, providing a very useful surface to display large graphics or drawings.
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