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    Rockfon goes on civic duty at Moray Council

    12th September 2012

    Moray Council has recently moved into smart new Headquarters following a £4 million conversion of a dilapidated former supermarket in Elgin High Street. Featuring a variety of acoustic ceiling solutions from Rockfon, supplied by Nevill Long, the building has been given a new lease of life as a public access point, bringing together all the council’s services in one central location. It has also been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for it’s environment-friendly credentials.

    New rooflights ensure the work area benefits from plenty of natural daylight, reducing the requirement for artificial lighting and helping to cut energy bills. Ventilation is also by means of directional air vents in the roof, rather than air-conditioning. These design features meant a traditional suspended ceiling was not suitable, but with in excess of 220 staff working in the main open-plan area, noise levels needed to be controlled.

    This was achieved with the installation of 68 Rockfon Eclipse ceiling islands suspended throughout the main office, and 126m2 of Rockfon Sonar Activity tiles directly fixed to the bulkheads. Eclipse ceiling islands are manufactured from stone wool resin bonded mineral wool and absorb sound from both sides of the panel to offer maximum acoustic control. The air can also circulate freely around the panel making Eclipse an ideal choice for thermal mass applications.

    The frameless island has a minimalistic sharp-looking edge underlined by a subtle and elegant bevel. Hung from suspension wires using spiral anchors, they are fast and easy to install. The smooth, white surface is very long-lasting and ensures a perfect reflection of light and heat. They are available in square or rectangular formats to offer solutions for any room configuration.

    Rockfon’s Sonar Activity tiles are specifically designed for open-plan offices. The 40mm thick tiles can be directly fixed to soffits and bulkheads whilst still offering Class A sound absorption, making them ideal for the Moray council offices.

    Within the new building, several meeting rooms have also been created and Rockfon Koral and Alaska ceiling tiles were specified for these areas to provide functional ceilings with good levels of sound absorption. For meeting rooms that required a higher level of privacy, Rockfon Alaska dB40 tiles were used. The 30mm thick stone wool tile includes a high-performance membrane on the back which reduces transmission of noise from room to room, offering enhanced sound insulation as well as a high level of sound absorption.

    To view Nevill Long's Rockfon product offering click here.