Ulster University Games Design and Development Suite

Saint-Gobain Ecophon adopted a 360-degree approach to the project, overcoming technical challenges and customising its rafts to accommodate the site’s unusual triangular rooms…

Two of Saint-Gobain Ecophon’s distinct but complementary colour palettes were selected by architect McAdam to create a unique interior design aesthetic, reflecting the creative nature of a new suite at Ulster University (UU).

The project represents the most recent phase of an ongoing redevelopment programme at UU’s Derry~Londonderry campus.

Saint-Gobain Ecophon was originally approached by Michael Redmond from McAdam about cutting its free-hanging, sound absorbers Solo Squares to achieve a triangle shape.

Davina Bradley, Project Specification Manager for Saint-Gobain Ecophon Ireland, offered two solutions. Panels could either be cut and resealed onsite to achieve the desired shape, or Ecophon could precut the shapes at its Hyllinge factory.

Michael said, “The client was keen to achieve a unique aesthetic for the interior design that would reflect the dynamic visual nature of the Screen Production and Games Design.

“We required a solution that would be both functional and visually striking. The ability to customise the shape of the rafts to the size and shape of the unusual triangular rooms allowed great flexibility and creativity in the design process.

“Two primary teaching rooms were central to the project, the use of two distinct colour palettes allowed two contrasting but complementary atmospheres within the rooms.

“We used the more energised louder colour palette for the more activity-based studio room, and a more subdued neutral palette for the traditional teaching/lecture space.”

To achieve this look, the design incorporated four of Ecophon’s standard Akutex FT colours: Eucalyptus Leaf, Volcanic Ash, Sunset Heat and Silver Stone.

Utilising the UK and Ireland team’s technical expertise, Technical Sales Advisor Simon Cooke visited the site to assist CMG Contracts on the best way to install the products and overcome challenges around the site’s intricate lighting and ventilation system.

With a full 360 approach, Head of Technical Mark Turner also visited the site to sign off the final installation.

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.

To discuss future projects, contact Davina Bradley, your local Saint-Gobain Ecophon representative.

Project team…

Client: Ulster University
Main Contractor: QMAC Construction Ltd
Architect: McAdam – Michael Redmond
Installer: CMG Contracts Ltd –Cathal McGilligan

For further information contact Ecophon
T: +44 (0)7717 538 983
E: davina.bradley@ecophon.co.uk