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Interiors
Noise control
at Bovington
Tank Museum
area available.
With regards to the acoustics of the
display hall, the Zehnder Flatline was fitted
Zehnder, Europe’s leading manufacturer with an optional perforated finish, which Spaceway
of radiant ceiling panels is very proud to meets DIN EN ISO 354 standard for the
have been involved in the £16 million, absorption of sound in a reverberation
Heritage Lottery Funded, redevelopment room. This finish, together with the silent wins order
of the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. operation of the panels, minimises noise
Bovington, which holds the finest and reverberation from the metal tanks and
most historically significant collection of improves the visitor experience throughout for new HQ
tanks in the world, commissioned design the extension. Spaceway, a leading UK provider of
consultants King Shaw Associates of Nik Wyness of Bovington Tank Museum integrated interior space solutions, has
Bath to oversee their new 5000m
2
explains, “We are really happy with the won a £365K contract from clean
extension that was to house a new display radiant heating panels installed in the new technology pioneer, Protean Electric, to
hall, reception, gift shop, visitor facilities extension. Not only are they helping create a new Headquarters and R&D
and restaurant. maintain our valuable tanks, but they have facility in Farnham, Surrey. Spaceway is
The two key considerations in the also considerably improved the noise carrying out a total fitout, which includes
choice of heating system for this project levels in the display area. What is more, converting three brand new units into a
were first and foremost the preservation of their ease of maintenance makes them single structure.
the unique collection of tanks, closely perfect for an attraction like ours, as The new Headquarters will
followed by the acoustics of the display disturbance to our visitor areas needs to accommodate a workforce of 70
hall, given the sheer volume of metal on be kept to an absolute minimum.” personnel and will consist of an R&D
show. King Shaw Associates selected the The Tank Museum had a spectacular laboratory; production workshops and
Zehnder Flatline radiant heating panel for launch event, which included an official canteen on the ground floor and open plan
use on site because of its unmatched Royal Opening for the new display hall, offices, meeting rooms and breakout area
performance on both accounts. and looks forward to welcoming visitors to on the first floor. To maximise space,
Being a radiant heating panel the their improved facilities. Zehnder Spaceway will also be installing a
Zehnder Flatline only heats objects in the manufacture a complete range of radiant mezzanine floor at first floor level.
room, removing any potential risk of heating and cooling panels to suit all types Spaceway’s Storage and Consumable
condensation and offering the tanks of commercial, industrial and civic division, SAC, will be supplying a range of
protection against corrosion. In addition, buildings. Offering a comprehensive products to Protean Electric including
because the panels are fitted to the design service, with full technical support, additional benching for its production
ceiling all valuable wall and floor space they can help specifiers incorporate radiant workshops and laboratory.
could be effectively used for the displays heating into their projects with confidence. Email: sales@spaceway.co.uk
and facilities, maximising the total Tel: 01252 515151 www.zehnder.co.uk. www.spaceway.co.uk
StoSilent, right on Kew
curved panels, which run the length and the lights, smoke detectors and wiring,
breadth of the room. These acoustic whilst the curved panels follow the shape
panels are fixed to purpose designed metal of the vaulted roof. Sto approved
framing systems which curve to a 5m installation contractors Baker Stickland
radius. StoSilent Panel Robust, with its created the original metal work grid, with a
tough mesh reinforcement is ideal for bespoke design that allowed the boards to
curved substrates, and provides an be curved and attached to the ceiling. The
impressively high average acoustic 32 panels, 16 on each side of the ceiling
absorption level of 0.70 NRC – 0.65 αW are finished with the acoustically
StoSilent, the light and rigid suspended (250-2000 Hz). transparent coating, StoSilent Superfine,
acoustic system, was specified for use on Lara Michael, Project Manager at spray applied in white. Baker Stickland has
the new wing of the Royal Botanic Edward Cullinan comments, “Due to the just been awarded Silver at the Association
Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), which includes nature of the building, in order to protect of Interior Specialists (AIS) Awards for this
a Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives. the specimens and prevent pest impressive ceiling installation.
Designed by Edward Cullinan outbreaks, a simple limited pallet of StoSilent Top panels, which provide
Architects, the building incorporates materials were used. a seamless, monolithic finish with a
curved ceiling panels below an exposed “We chose StoSilent Panel Robust typical acoustic performance of 0.56NC –
concrete soffit. It required a system that because it ticked all of the boxes. In 0.56 αW (250 – 200hz), were also used on
would work alongside this challenging addition to its superior acoustic properties the timber and glass research zones and
design, providing high levels of acoustic it offered the smooth aesthetic finish the area which links the new wing to the
absorption and achieving the desired required. Given that it’s made from existing herbarium. Recessed modular
aesthetic appearance. recycled glass granules it’s also lights were set into the ceiling and
The StoSilent Panel Robust acoustic environmentally friendly.” StoSilent Top finish, a sound absorbent
system is used in the vaulted area of the The non-accessible ceiling is slightly acoustic plaster, was then applied.
building to create individually designed suspended because it needed to house Email: info.uk@stoeu.com www.sto.co.uk
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