Following a refurbishment of the Universal Office in Newcastle upon Tyne it was found that the new meeting room had an audio deficiency.

The hard surfaces of brick and glass walls plus the installation of a glass writing board resulted in the audio reverberating from all surfaces.

“As the room is used for video conferences as well as regular meetings,” says Mark Atkinson, Universal AV Sales Manager, “we decided to look for products to aid with the acoustic management in the room.”

Universal AV approached TK-Team Ltd, a long standing partner and leading supplier of acoustic panels to suggest a possible solution. Andrea Trimmer, Business Development Manager for TK-Team Ltd, performed an acoustic test using a sound level meter and took an average reading of 70.3dba. This was well over the recommended level for a meeting room.

The recommended for a private meeting room is 40 -45 dba under British building recommendations.  

Andrea recommended the TK-Team Class A Hush Panels. Class A acoustic panels provide the highest sound absorption in accordance with international standard EN ISO11654 and so Universal commissioned two bespoke print panels measuring 1.5 x 1m.

“As we had just had our office refurbished we wanted to keep in line with the aesthetic and therefore commissioned TK-Team to produce panels printed with the Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge, both of which are local landmarks.”

TK-Team supply a range of Class A acoustic products under their HushPod range which includes, HushPod for Meetings, HushPod for Phone, HushPod for  Skypes and HushPod Panels all of which can reduce reverberation by up to 50%.

After the installation a second acoustic test produced a reading of 43.73 dba a reduction of 37.8% in reverberation. Based on noise chart levels 70dba is the level of a flushing toilet and 40dba is the level of a babbling brook.

“We are very pleased with the TK-Team HushPod Panels; they make a great addition to the room. Not only do they look visually striking, they have made a dramatic difference to the performance of the room  “ concluded Atkinson  “We would highly recommend to our clients that when considering their audio visual requirements, whether in an open or closed office space, that as part of the process they consider the acoustic implications.”