Designed by local architect William Owen in 1895, Parr Hall is Cheshire’s only surviving professional concert Hall. Over the years this historic hall has hosted many notable artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Arctic Monkeys – as well as famous comedians such as Jimmy Carr and Andy Parson. To this day Parr Hall continues to host concerts and performances, and is available for hire as a venue for meetings, conferences, weddings, and other celebrations.
Project Background & Purpose
Of the several rooms available for hire, one of the smaller meeting rooms presented significant noise reverberation issues due to the high ceiling and hard surfaces. The room’s poor acoustics made it difficult to hear speakers, therefore restricting its use – leaving the room as a last resort.
In order to reap financial benefits from this meeting room, the noise reverberation issue needed to be addressed. Buildings Manager at Culture Warrington, Richard Fleming, set about to find a product and company who could provide a tailored acoustic solution.
Solution – Product & Installation
Parr Hall is a ‘listed building’, which presented issues and limitations as to what could be undertaken. Autex was the ideal match, as they were able to provide a custom acoustic solution to complement the existing décor and enhance the space, without altering the structural features of the building.
Working in collaboration with Autex Account Manager Dan Black, Quietspace® Panel laminated with Vertiface® decorative fabric and Composition® were chosen due to their superior sound absorbing properties and aesthetic.
24 custom-cut Quietspace Panels laminated in Sanz coloured Vertiface were direct fixed to the ceiling in-between existing wooden rafters, providing premium acoustic absorption without disturbing the building structure. Approximately 71m2 of Composition, in colours Sanz and Jade, were applied to three of the four walls to further enhance the room both acoustically and visually. Jade Composition was used to create a beautiful feature wall, adding vibrancy without distracting from the unique architectural structure of the room; while the contemporary tone of Sanz Composition was used on the two facing walls, complementing the existing colour palette.
Benefits & Feedback
Post installation of Vertiface laminated Quietspace Panel and Composition, the once avoided meeting room is now the most popular available for hire. Reverberation time prior to application of Autex products was exceptionally high, coming in at 3.56 seconds - almost three times the recommended reverberation time for this type of space. The new recorded reverberation time has been reduced to an impressive 1.33 seconds, sitting well within the set building standards.
Richard Fleming is ecstatic with the results, saying “Voices can clearly be heard, speakers do not have to repeat themselves, attention is held and in a very pleasant environment. We are so impressed that we are looking at using this product in other areas of the building to improve quality for our customers. We would highly recommend the product to anybody who has issues with sound.”
Quietspace Panel is a light-weight, semi-rigid acoustic panel that boasts exceptional acoustic absorption properties, and is incredibly durable. The addition of a Vertiface laminate adds to the overall look of the Quietspace Panel, allowing for a more personalised acoustic product.
Composition is a decorative and functional acoustic wallcovering that offers complete design flexibility in a wide array of applications. Exceptional for reducing noise reverberation, Composition is the simple choice for managing echo while creating a vibrant and durable interior acoustic solution.