Elizabeth comments: “Ceilings are a vital part of any school building as they play a major role in determining the acoustic qualities of a room. Acoustics can have a huge effect on day-to-day school life, particularly in the classrooms. Here, it is important to optimise sound absorption, which helps to eliminate echo, and minimise sound transmission between spaces to prevent disruptions from external sources which could impact on learning.”
“Another factor to consider, secondary to the acoustic needs but also of great importance, was the appearance of the ceilings. As a new-build school, a lot of consideration has gone into the overall aesthetic of every room and the ceilings are no different. With this in mind, I turned to British Gypsum and specified a number of the Gyptone Quattro ceiling products. These not only had the acoustic qualities that we required, but were also available in a variety of patterns and designs, widening the choice.
“In the classrooms, I was keen to use a product that gave a seamless, monolithic appearance fitting in well with the other aspects of the rooms. Some of the ceilings were sloping, which could have presented a challenge, but having used the Gyptone Quattro range before, I knew it would work well.”
Sarah Power, head teacher at St Catherine’s, added: “The ceilings look amazing so we’re very pleased. Good acoustic performance is of vital importance in a school as it has an impact on a pupil’s concentration and therefore learning. The ceilings have really helped to improve the sound quality in our classrooms.”
Sub-contractors Roskels were on site at St Catherine’s to install the products. British Gypsum Gyptone Quattro 41 – a ceiling board – was used in the classroom to meet the requirements of BB93 and create the desired seamless, monolithic appearance, along with a Gyptone access panel to make technical installations easy to reach. Gyptone Quattro 50 and Gyptone Quattro 20 tiles were also used elsewhere in the school.
All Gyptone tiles and boards have an eye-catching design coupled with an integral sound absorbent tissue backing, making them a popular choice for acoustic ceilings in schools, office spaces and retail environments. Taking this one step further, British Gypsum has launched a new technology that has been added to a range of its ceiling tiles and boards. ACTIVair technology captures Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), converts them into non-harmful inert compounds and eliminates the risk of re-emission. The technology works for up to 50 years, providing long lasting improvements to air quality for building occupants.