Heradesign leads the way with clever acoustics

Heradesign from Knauf AMF Ceilings has been installed in a new school building that caters for pupils with complex special needs.  The design is a single storey level access construction, enabling the children to move around independently, and benefit from modern classrooms and large communal spaces. Knauf AMF was chosen to meet a number of performance requirements in these areas.

Architects Haverstock specified Heradesign for the school’s corridor and entrance space. “The Heradesign panels were a cost-effective solution. They’re hung as rafts, fitted together in continuous strips, running either side of the roof lights. The school liked that Heradesign could be used to introduce colour in the corridor, highlighting certain areas.”

Heradesign is very versatile and can be colour-matched to almost any colour including those from popular systems such as RAL, NCS or StoColor – in this case, the panels are matched to the school emblem. The organic, wood-wool woven surface of Heradesign complements the school’s textured timber sensory wall-mounted panels – helping to create a unified way-finding system.

The rafts are hung from the ceiling using suspension rods attached to timber joists in the corridor and concrete soffits in the reception area. To create the continuous, seamless-looking strips, the panels are fitted together using a DONN screw fix grid. The rafts allow daylight to pass into the open areas, while minimising unwanted solar glare.

Heradesign offers flexibility because it can be fitted in a number of ways: directly to the original ceiling, as a suspended ceiling with exposed or concealed grid options, or hung as either rafts or fins. Heradesign can also be fitted as wall panels to provide colour and sound absorption.

Acoustic control is key for schools, where noise can build up easily and inhibit learning. Heradesign offers the highest rating (Class A) for sound absorption, ensuring speech can be heard and contributing to a good learning environment.

The team from main contractor Kier Construction is delighted with how well Heradesign has performed in the school, commenting:

“We are very pleased that the coordination of the finishes, roof lights and lighting work were resolved easily and economically and have been well received by the school.”

For more information on how Heradesign can exceed expectations for your building project, email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)knaufamf.co.uk or visit www.amfceilings.co.uk. Why not download the Heradesign app for free at www.heradesign.com.