Used for a multitude of different uses, Shaftesbury School’s main school hall exhibited acoustic problems typical of 1980’s designs, with wooden surfaces leading to unacceptably high levels of volume and echo.
Its multi-use construction meant that it needed to serve many functions: it was a PE classroom; it was a drama and music performance area; it was a canteen; it was a training area; it was the area for the daily act of collective worship; it hosted many different kinds of public event. However, surrounded by wooden panels, acoustics promoted unacceptably high levels of volume and echo and consequently posed many barriers and challenges.
With the further addition of retractable seating, Acoustic Comfort’s Reverb application has transformed the entire area. The acoustic impact has been significant. Presentations by individuals or groups can now be heard within a sympathetic ambience and distracting noises completely absorbed.
This has served to generate a level of calm amidst large gatherings never before achieved, whilst enhancing the quality of sound for those presenting. Acoustic Comfort listened carefully to and quickly grasped their core values and these were effectively captured within the design work on the panelling.