Sustainable Energy Laboratory now has a ceiling to look up to

Saint-Gobain Ecophon helped meet the acoustic requirements of an impressive new facility for Queen’s University Belfast.

The Sustainable Energy Laboratory – located in the modernist Ashby Laboratory block – has been completely refurbished to provide a fresh, contemporary facility for Queen’s University’s School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Saint-Gobain Ecophon provided a solution to meet the client’s requirements for an acoustic, fully accessible ceiling that was also aesthetically pleasing.

“We have completed a wide range of projects over the years for Queen’s University, so we were delighted to be involved in another of their projects,” explained Davina Bradley, Area Manager for Northern Ireland.

“Once again, it was a case of working closely with the University through the architect to find the right solution.”

This collaboration culminated with the installation Ecophon Solo™ Matrix, fitted by accredited ceiling contractor, Buchanan Ceilings.

Made from a minimum 59% post-consumer recycled content, Solo™ Matrix is a patented acoustic ceiling system for larger areas where high coverage is required, but a wall-to-wall solution is not possible or wanted.

The system provides quick-and-easy installation with high accuracy, thanks to pre-installed fixing devices and ‘click-in’ connection to the grid system. Each panel has a built-in hatch function and can easily be demounted. 

“Solo™ Matrix was the product that best suited the architects’ brief,” said Davina. “As well as providing superior acoustic properties and an easy-yet-accurate installation process, Solo™ Matrix offers a vast range of design possibilities. The architect wanted a distinctive design for the ceiling, and this was delivered via a modular approach, using two panel sizes: 600 x 1200 and 1200 x 1200, all in white.”

Ecophon Solo™ Matrix range includes seven panel sizes in total, with a choice of 22 colours. “You can create a structured design inspired by lines and patterns and still get a free-floating visual appearance,” she added. “You are spoiled for choice when it comes to design possibilities.”

Commenting on the completed project, Davina said, “We are delighted with how smoothly this project went. The client had a vision, they knew what they wanted and they are very happy with the final product.

“Our Technical Support Manager, Mark Turner, visited at the start of the installation to answer any queries the installers had. When you understand the system it is really easy to install, so there were no issues at all.

“Everybody, from the architect, main contractor and installer took pride in their work. This commitment to excellence has delivered a stunning installation, and one we are very proud to be associated with.”

Ecophon develops, manufactures and markets acoustic panels, baffles and ceiling systems that contribute to a good working environment by enhancing people’s wellbeing and performance. It is part of the Saint-Gobain Group, a world leader in sustainable habitat solutions, and all Ecophon ceiling tiles are fully recyclable. The firm currently works closely with its partners to turn ceiling tiles into new construction materials and possibly even new ceiling tiles. 

Ecophon has business units in 20 countries, delegations in another 30 countries worldwide, and approximately 800 employees. The head office is located in Hyllinge, just outside Helsingborg, Sweden.