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Acoustic ceilings improve court hearing

British Gypsum Gyptone acoustic boards have been chosen to provide improved speech clarity and aesthetics at Loughborough’s new Magistrates Court.

Acoustic ceilings improve court hearing

Walls and ceilings within the courtrooms have been lined with the Gyptone boards, which feature a regular pattern of full depth perforations and a special acoustic tissue backing that combine to provide a Class ‘C’ absorber with improved reverberation time and all-important speech clarity, ensuring that the proceedings can be clearly heard by everyone in the court.

Specified by the architects because they offered unique design coupled with performance that fully met all of the criteria laid down by the project’s acoustic consultants, the Gyptone ceilings have been carried through into the corridors of the new building.

Here, they were installed in an interesting ‘curved wave’ design to enhance appearance and maintain a comfortable, calm environment for the public and for witnesses, as they wait to be called into the court.

The 2.4m x 1.2m full-size Gyptone boards are jointed to provide a monolithic appearance, with their special ‘4 taper edge’ profile enabling perfectly flat, smooth and strong joints to be achieved for a totally seamless finish, even in demanding lighting conditions.

The Gyptone ceiling have the added benefit that they can be redecorated without affecting acoustic performance, ensuring that the unique internal appearance of the court building can be maintained into the future, with minimal impact on the ongoing maintenance budget.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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