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At the Beavertown Brewery!

When we think about acoustic panels, our minds often go straight to concert halls, recording studios, or bustling office spaces—environments where managing sound is clearly crucial. However, the versatility and utility of acoustic panels stretch far beyond these conventional settings. This article explores the innovative and sometimes surprising uses of acoustic panels in locations where you might not expect to find them, but where they play a vital role in enhancing the acoustic environment.

1. Churches – Downing Place Cambridge

 

The importance of acoustics in a church cannot be overstated. Proper acoustic design ensures that sermons and musical performances are heard clearly and without distortion, essential for a fulfilling worship experience. Good acoustics enhance speech intelligibility, making it easier for congregants to understand spoken words, and enrich the quality of choral and organ music, which are central to many services. Additionally, well-designed acoustics can minimize external noise, creating a tranquil atmosphere conducive to prayer and reflection, thereby deepening the spiritual engagement of the community.

2. Swimming Pools – Butlins Leisure Centre

 

In swimming pools, acoustics play a crucial role in creating a safe and enjoyable environment. Effective acoustic management ensures that announcements and lifeguard instructions are clearly heard, crucial for maintaining safety. Additionally, good acoustics reduce noise levels, which can otherwise escalate with echoing sounds of water activities and crowds, leading to a chaotic atmosphere. Properly designed acoustic solutions help in dampening these noises, enhancing the overall user experience, allowing for clearer communication and a more relaxing environment for visitors.

Not all products are able to withstand the environment of a swimming pool, its worth checking out our swimming pool acoustics page for more info.

3. Healthcare/Hospitals

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Hospital Acoustics Should Not be Overlooked!

Healthcare spaces unfortunately abound with acoustic problems. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, there is often a lot of noise made by different sources, including; equipment, monitors, ventilation, TVs, beds being moved and people talking and moving. Secondly, the hard, easy-to-clean surfaces used in the construction of healthcare spaces are highly reverberant.

Proper acoustic design helps to minimize disruptive noises from hallways and other rooms, which can significantly affect patient recovery and stress levels. Good acoustics also support clearer communication among healthcare professionals, enhancing operational efficiency and reducing the likelihood of errors.

Additionally, creating a quieter atmosphere helps in maintaining patient confidentiality and contributes to a more calm and restful environment, essential for patient well-being and staff performance.

4. University Atrium – Ravensbourne University.

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Ravensbourne University

Atrium spaces usually features hard concrete floors and walls throughout, resulting in heavy reverberation all over the university. Once filled with students, the noise levels would rise gradually; and without any sound absorption in place, it would quickly become an uncomfortable and distracting environment. Due to the open plan design, the Lombard effect would come into play as people would begin to talk louder and louder until no one could easily understand what each-other is saying.

5. In A Brewery!

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Beavertown Brewery Space

In a brewery, effective acoustics are essential for both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Proper acoustic management helps to reduce the noise from production areas—such as the clanking of kegs and machinery—which can otherwise overwhelm the space and hinder communication. For breweries with tasting rooms or tours, good acoustics enhance the customer experience by enabling clearer communication and creating a more inviting atmosphere. This is crucial for educational brewery tours and for patrons’ enjoyment, making the space welcoming and comfortable for longer stays and return visits.