When Saunders Havill Group found the perfect premises for their Brisbane-based headquarters – a large, high-ceilinged warehouse in a convenient location – internal noise levels were a major drawback. Entirely open plan, with lofty ceilings, the building presented both design opportunities and acoustic challenges.
Combatting noise in a large environment
Despite the popularity of open-plan offices – which often create a more sociable, light, airy workplace environment – their biggest disadvantage is noise. In fact, studies have shown that even fairly low-level background noise in an office can directly impact productivity, stress levels, and general health and wellbeing (Cornell University).
When Saunders Havill Group found the perfect premises for their Brisbane-based headquarters – a large, high-ceilinged warehouse in a convenient location – internal noise levels were a major drawback. For Bianca Diluzio, Design Director at Squaredesigns Corporate (SDC), the objective was to create a beautiful, functional, calm environment for Saunders Havill’s urban designers, landscape architects, and surveyors to work in.
For maximum effect, Diluzio specified a range of Autex products throughout the space including Frontier™ Acoustic Fins above the collaboration areas, Cascade™ hanging screens between the 36 workstations, 3D Tiles surrounding the TV area, and Cube™ wall pinboards on the mezzanine level. “The effect was instant”, enthuses Diluzio. “I had high expectations, but I was absolutely blown away by the difference in noise levels – that’s a testament to the efficacy of Autex’s products. In addition, the products add so much more to the ambience of the space; the colour scheme doesn’t detract from the industrial look of the building and the screens add a feeling of privacy without actually being enclosed”.
Working with such a reliable supplier also proved to be an added bonus for Diluzio, who was forced to expedite product orders in order to avoid the delays posed by the impending COVID-19 lock-down measures. “Autex is always willing to go the extra mile to keep projects on track, and their commitment and professionalism as a supplier is outstanding”, enthuses Diluzio. “This project was the result of a great team effort, and the finished look and feel of the space are even better than I’d envisioned”.