The Knauf team has played a significant role in the specification and design process during recent construction at one of the oldest schools in England, working alongside award winning Associated Architects to produce a masterclass in acoustic performance.
The site consisted of an existing hall, which was used for assemblies, performances and functions. This hall was built in the 1960s and suffered from a series of failings which impacted its flexibility and usefulness.
The proposal for the Warwick Hall was an opportunity to build a physical embodiment of Warwick School’s academic excellence, prosperity and ambition, which saw the existing school hall stripped back to its structural frame and heavily modified to provide a state-of-the-art, revitalised and flexible school hall with a large double height entrance foyer, two performance studios and other ancillary spaces.
The brief was given to the team at Associated Architects and they quickly relied on the quality of materials and service provided by Knauf. The design was particularly complex. The refurbishment had to address the increased demands on heating, ventilation and lighting whilst significantly enhancing the acoustics and visual appeal.
Knauf UK, and its technical counterparts at Knauf Design, worked together to achieve the special requirements of this astonishing Warwick Hall project.
Meeting the acoustic and aesthetic requirements was a great challenge undertaken by the Knauf team. Part of the team working on Warwick Hall, Henry Keck from Associated Architects said: “The decision to work with the Knauf team and the Knauf Design products came at the early design stage because there was a concerted emphasis placed on the acoustic and aesthetic quality of the interior finish.
“We had an early conceptual design idea for the ceiling panels to the main hall, in terms of wanting a concave design and we had this sent to Knauf’s team for assistance in realising this design and achieving the sound absorption levels that we required.”
The hall has been designed to accommodate a variety of functions and includes a large theatre space and
performance studios. The company’s biggest challenge was improving the acoustics in the vast expanse of open areas to make sure the space performed as a theatre whilst providing an aesthetically pleasing, high-quality finish.
Having worked with Knauf on several other projects, Associated Architects, with help from the Knauf team, designed and installed Knauf Designboard 230 Wood with an oak veneer finish from Knauf Design. This included installing 410m2 of the bespoke, non-combustible gypsum fibreboard core wall panels together with more than 70m2 of perforated acoustic wall paneling with matching oak veneer finish to help achieve the sound absorption required. For aesthetics, eleven rows of elegantly curved panels of the same material were installed to the vaulted ceiling above the main hall.
All Knauf Designboard 230 ceiling and wall panels can be perforated by Knauf Design to achieve the required acoustic performance whilst creating indoor comfort for occupants through pleasant light reflection and classic, timeless aesthetics. Knauf Designboard 230 products provide complete design freedom through the provision of real wood veneer, HPL laminate, digital print or high performance paint finishes – and at the same time offer superb function and safety characteristics.
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